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Friday, 23 August 2019

Today and tomorrow, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Ministers from 16 ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries will co-sign the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Nairobi (Kenya). The signing ceremony will take place in the margins of the meeting of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the EU, in Nairobi.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Bill on Development and International Solidarity, adopted by the French Senate, provides for the creation of a single structure to oversee all of the international French expertise. The text gives the outlines and principles of the French policy in terms of development, when the French credits in public development aid are under pressure. Indeed, in 2010, the French aid dropped by almost 10%, according to figures published by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD. Faced with these lower credits towards development aid, the bill aims at “coherence and effectiveness” in the French policy, according to the Secretary of State.

The EU will grant Sh52 billion to Kenya in order to fund transport and agriculture. National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and EU development commissioner Andris Piebalgs, will sign an agreement on Thursday 19th June. The funds will be spent to improve Nairobi’s public transport infrastructure. The goal is to fight congestion, increase food production, improve drought management and governance. Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia are also expected to sign this kind of agreements with the EU as part of the 11th European Development Fund.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The launching ceremony of the rehabilitation works of the N1 between Batshamba and Tshikapa was held on Friday 30th May. These rehabilitation works are carried out by Arab Contractors, an Egyptian company, on funding from the European Union. The total budget for the funding agreement is 113, 700 millions Euros.  The rehabilitation works of national road N1 Batshamba-Loange bridge section should last 30 months.

Guinea and its partners signed a general organizational framework on budget support and technical assistance in the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and of the reform plan on public finances (PREFIP). The EU Ambassador in Guinea, Philipe Van Damme, said that “the new law on public finances contains provisions whose implementation requires new ways of doing things.”

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The British government decided to end direct budget support to Mozambique. The British High Commissioner in Maputo, Joanna Kuenssberg said that Britain had donated over a billion US dollars to Mozambique during the last decade but would end its direct contributions to the state budget.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is examining the possibility of extending loans to Zimbabwe’s private sector. According to Diederick Zambon, head for the African, Caribbean and Pacific region (ACP), the bank will not decide to lend directly to the government until the issue of more than 300 million Euros in remaining arrears is resolved.

Monday, 16 June 2014

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).