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Monday, 16 July 2018

The high level EU-New Zealand visit in the Pacific will include Papua New Guinea. Despite its fast-growing economy and richness in natural resources and biodiversity, the country is still facing great challenges. Around 80-85% of its population still depends on subsistence agriculture and lives in rural areas, and it is unlikely that any of the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved by 2015. However, the change of government in 2012 came up with a number of laudable initiatives in health, education, infrastructure development and anti-corruption. During this visit, Commissioner Piebalgs will meet the country authorities and highlight that the EU stands ready to keep up the momentum initiated then.

According to Marcel Van Opstal, the EU representative in Brazzaville, the European Union will fund eight new projects, to the tune of 3 billion FCFA in 2014 in Congo. Six of these projects will be managed by the Congolese and the two others by European NGOs. The projects will focus on rural development (agriculture, water, hygiene), education, professional and social integration of children and the youth, entrepreneurship and management of forest resources.

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development cooperation in that region. The visit will focus above all on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, several of them co-financed by New Zealand and the EU in Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati (including Christmas Island) and the Cook Islands. Commissioner Piebalgs will also travel to Papua New Guinea from 28 – 30 April to discuss development challenges with members of the government and will launch two projects worth almost €60 million.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Atkins wins €15.3 million contract to assist 24 African countries in developping sustainable energy services by 2030. Atkins is leading the consortium selected by the European Union to provide technical assistance to 24 East and Southern African countries over the next four years in the development of sustainable energy solutions as part of the EU’s framework of Sustainable Energy for All.

The EU is one of the largest donors of development aid, but economic interests are undermining its effectiveness. EU development aid aims to promote good governance, along with human and economic development. This implies promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and contributing to the fight against hunger and poverty. In the Lisbon Treaty, the EU called for a coherent policy when it comes to development. Therefore, any European policy decisions in foreign relations, agriculture or economy should not jeopardize the objectives of development policy.The reality, however, is different.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) revealed the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. This is a critical contribution to the ongoing intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda which will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A delegation representing the ACP Sugar Subcommittee and the ACP Secretariat visited the CIRAD facilities in Montpellier, France on the 8th April 2014. The ACP Research Programme Coordinating Unit facilitated the study tour. CIRAD is a French research centre working with developing countries on international agricultural and development issues. The ACP Sugar Subcommittee delegation and CIRAD noted the opportunity for collaboration in different areas.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has announced the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with Mozambique. The agreement is due to be signed during a two-day visit to the former Portuguese colony. Portugal has undertaken to lend 100 million euros to Mozambique for investment programmes relative to various areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The two countries are bound by 16 cooperation agreements, covering in particular fishing, agriculture, education, health and tourism.

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) announced, on 7 March, the signature of a cooperation agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) with a view to carrying out “joint actions” in the areas of financing, knowledge production and communication.The aim of the agreement signed by the BOAD Presidentvand the AFD Chief Executive Officer “is to reinforce the strategic and operational partnership between their two institutions via consultations on subjects of mutual interest, an in-depth sectoral dialogue and joint actions".

A report on financing for developing countries commissioned by the European Parliament's Committee on Development and co-written by Eurodad finds that government spending is the largest domestic resource in these counties. Domestic private investment is also increasing outflows of private financial resources are very large, real net financial private flows are overstated, and ODA is the largest flow to least developed countries.