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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

After the multistakeholder meeting held in Dakar in October 2016, the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) will return to Africa for a regional meeting to take place in Gaborone, Botswana from 8 - 10 October 2018. The event will follow up on many issues of the previous meeting and also take into consideration the new context after the last African Union - European Union Summit which took place in Abidjan in November 2017.

The European Commission today committed €5 million for a new capacity building project to support African countries in implementing and applying global rules around customs and trade facilitation, following an agreement signed today with the World Customs Organisation (WCO).

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Talks on a new agreement between the ACP and the EU will only bear fruit if both parties take the road to prosperity together, writes the ACP’s chief negotiator, Robert Dussey, on the post-Cotonou talks. Prof. Robert Dussey is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of Togo, and the Chief Negotiator of the ACP Group for the post-Cotonou agreement.

On Wednesday 26 September, Emmanuel took to the stage to a wave of applause at Goalkeepers 2018 – an event organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Le Monde Afrique partner) on the margins of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly – hand-in-hand with DJ Switch, the Ghanaian boy who is already an African celebrity at the tender age of 10. The move was no accident. It sent out a powerful signal at this year’s youth-themed event, which sought to shine a light on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Theresa May has revealed that the UK Government will invest £56m into a South African battery storage project to help the nation bolster its renewable power generation output. The contribution will be made to the $500m (£384m) Clean Technology Fund - a joint project from the World Bank, African Development Bank and South African Government, which aims to fast-track the region’s access to clean energy technologies.

While France seems to be in the process of getting back on track with regard to international solidarity, some ambiguities in the 2019 budget are a cause of concern for NGOs. EURACTIV France reports. Will France return to being among the best performers in the field of development assistance? As the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) delivered its report on French development policy between 2013 and 2018, the organisation welcomed the turnaround by the French government.

Monday, 08 October 2018

This month the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group are set to embark on negotiations to decide the framework for a new Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), expected to be in place in February 2020. As the process unfolds, it is useful to examine potential avenues for collaboration between the ACP Group and the EU, and also how potential hurdles and new competing partnerships could derail the agreement.

What is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA)? Signed in June 2000, the CPA is a treaty between the European Union (EU) and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Its main objectives are poverty reduction, sustainable development and economic integration of ACP countries into the global economy through development cooperation, political cooperation and economic and trade cooperation.

The European Commission and African Union set up a joint rural Africa taskforce in May, after agricultural co-operation was one of the key topics as the EU-Africa summit in Abidjan in November 2017. The task force and its 11 experts were tasked with making recommendations in January 2019, with a mandate that focuses on promoting food security, transferring skills, climate change adaption and investment in agri-business.

Today the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) group will begin negotiations on the future of their cooperation after 2020. The ambition is to transform today's partnership into a modern political framework geared to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. The countries in the EU and the ACP represent more than half of all UN member countries and unite over 1.5 billion people.