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Monday, 22 October 2018

Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) are expected to conclude a major joint declaration on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the upcoming Summit in Nairobi. The chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, Dr Diodorus Kamala, added that they would also possibly take a joint position on private sector development in ACP countries.

The new French legislation on development aid policy aims to create a unique structure to oversee the country's international technical expertise. Budget cuts mean government will shift emphasis to “coherence and efficiency,” EurActiv France reports. The new act on "development policy and international solidarity" was passed by a large majority in the French Senate on May 27. The law, which had already been approved by Parliament in February, outlines French policies on development at a time when public funding for development aid is under great financial pressure.

The planned US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has come up against intense criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. Now development officials have joined the choir, and are warning that the agreement will undermine the UN's post-2015 development agenda. "We must not make the mistake of discussing SDGs and setting targets on the one hand, while simultaneously concluding a trade agreement which contradicts all of these", said Stefan Rebmann, a parliamentarian from the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will visit Madagascar on June 11-13 to confirm the resumption of development cooperation with the country and launch the discussions on the programming of EU funding for the period 2014-2020. The visit will contribute to mark the return to normality in the EU-Madagascar relations, following the end of the political crisis in the country.

Spain will grant 28 million euros to Mauritania between 2014 and 2017 according to a new compromise signed on 5 June by Spain and Mauritania’s Foreign Ministers, José Manuel García-Margallo and Ahmed Ould Teguedi. Mauritania is considered a priority partner country for Madrid. The funding  will be allocated to governance, rural development, food safety programmes and health initiatives.

The European Union agreed to an additional grant of 80 million Euros for the creation of jobs in the four States of the Niger Delta region, Nigeria.  The Nigerian Minister of National Planning, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, said at the local launch of the project to boost job creation in the States - a project whose full implementation in other States has already begun. The SEEFOR project (States’ Employment and Expenditure for Results) will be funded by a loan of 200 million USD from the World Bank.

Ghana and the EU have concluded a four-year 1.5 billion Euros grant agreement to support the country’s agricultural sector and social protection development agenda. After the signing of the agreement, Claude Marten, EU Ambassador in Ghana, explained that the EU is convinced about the political, social and economic achievements of Ghana and is thus committed to assist this country with this grant.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Prof Dr Rainer Fischer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME went to Addis Ababa to explore opportunities to deepen cooperation between the EU and Africa on scientific and technological research and development. During their meeting, they  focused on the fields of sustainable biomaterials, sustainable energy and industry, innovative agriculture, vaccines against diseases of poverty, as well as innovative approaches for the discovery of bioactive small molecules using endogenous bioresources. Fraunhofer IME has already taken part to a number of research projects engaging with Africa.

The workshop committee in charge of monitoring and formulating the implementation of the environmental policy in Senegal was held last week with the Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Mor Ngom as Chairman and in the presence of the Head of Delegation of the European Union in Senegal, Dominique Dellicour. The Minister revealed the upcoming signing of an addendum on sustainable agriculture in partnership with the European Union.

Leonidas Tezapsidis, Ambassador of the European Union in Madagascar, recently declared at the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), Madagascar could be given 455 million Euros which will not be refundable and for use during 2014-2020 with a first release of funding in December.