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Monday, 10 December 2018

The Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) for the Horn of Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean, Koen Vervaeke, visited Namibia last week and invited President Hifikepunye Pohamba to participate in the upcoming EU-Africa Summit that will be held from April 2 to 3, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. He also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein and other senior government officials, civil society representatives, as well as representatives from key economic sectors, such as the agriculture and mining sectors.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Europe is the biggest spender on development aid worldwide but its policies are often inefficient, a recent study found. New coordinated development aid programs are aimed at cutting bureaucracy and costs. A recent research paper published by the Südwind Institute, a German NGO, has highlighted Europe's current lack of ability to coordinate development policy. "Particularly the traditional big donor countries, like Germany, see development aid as an extension of their own foreign policies, and in many cases, of their security policies," Pedro Morazan, a senior researcher with the organization told DW.

To date, little emphasis has been placed upon examining future trading relationships within the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. In general, economic theory suggests that the gains from trade are greater when a wider suite of countries is involved, and this is the fundamental basis of the multilateral liberalisation objectives of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). With the WTO currently stalled in its trade reform objectives, the question is raised as to whether or not trade liberalisation within BRICS may be an objective worth pursuing as this bloc represents a significant portion of the so-called ‘South-South’ trade.

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Friday, 14 March 2014

The International Year of Small Island Development States (SIDS) was officially launched on 24 February 2014. The European Union acknowledges that SIDS face common challenges and experience specific vulnerabilities across the economic, social and environmental dimensions. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters. There are twenty-three (23) SIDS in the Caribbean Region. The EU and EU member states are the largest donors of grant aid to the region and a major trade and cultural partner.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

At the 3302nd Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting held in Brussels on 11 March 2014 adopted regulations underpinning the following external EU financial instruments for the period 2014-2020.

The Secretary General of the East African Community Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera has arrived in Brussels, Belgium to take part in the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) regional programming taking place on 13-14 March 2014.
Amb. Sezibera, who is in Brussels at the invitation of the European Commission and European External Action Service, will join the other CEOs of RECs in the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean Union region to finalize the Rules of Procedures, Memorandum of Understanding on the governance of the Regional Indicative Programme; and a list of actions to be financed under the cross-regional envelope.

European Union  envoy Alberto Navarro on Thursday said the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries view Dominican Republic as a model for development, given its robust  and dynamic economy.
The diplomat said the Caribbean nation is moves in giant steps. "We’re confident that the funds provided by the European Union to contribute to its development, are well spent."
He said the EU disburses and increases fund only when there’s good performance. "What the European Union does is reward the effort and the work."

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

International Year of Family Farming 2014 – The Role of the European Union
In the context of the 'International Year of Family Farming 2014' of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO), the AGRI Committee is organising a conference on family farming in the European Union. Family farming is the dominant model of farming in the EU and the rest of the world, but other forms exist. The event will bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including academics, farmers, development specialists and FAO Director Marcela Villarreal

Deadline for registration: 12.03.14.

Scientists from European and African academic associations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week (27 February) joined forces in calling for the use of biotechnology in African agriculture.
The scientists, from the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), said that agricultural biotechnology could contribute to sustainable agriculture and to providing nutrition to people across the continent. Many of the world’s most food insecure regions are in Africa.
The scientists called for increasing the amount of African-led research into agricultural biotechnology, according to a statement issued after the meeting.

Monday, 10 March 2014

The world is increasingly looking to Africa to meet growing global food requirements. Foreign investment in the agricultural industry is growing in countries like Ethiopia, which are deemed to have high potential. A 2013 World Bank report titled Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness states the continent has the potential to create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030.
“I think agriculture is definitely one of the biggest growth areas for Africa,” says Mucai Kunyiha, managing director of leading Kenya-based animal health company Cooper K-Brands.Kunyiha says Africa has huge tracts of arable land, water and technology. What lacks, and is partly to blame for food insecurity in parts of the continent, is the right application of technology, the work ethic and vision to fully maximise the potential.