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Saturday, 23 March 2019

A new model of collaboration between the EU and Africa can change today’s dangerous turn of international relations, which have moved from “win-win” solutions and are now based on “zero-sum” games, EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said. Speaking at the ‘Africa Week’ conference on 7 November organised by the Socialists and Democrat group in the European Parliament (S&D), Mogherini noted that the world is facing the return to a more dangerous way of understanding global politics.

A few months after becoming the first region to sign a partnership agreement with Energies for Africa, the association set up by Jean-Louis Borloo, the Hauts-de-France region is continuing its commitment to the African continent by hosting the Regional Forum for Energy Stakeholders.

Construction of grain silos in Songea, Dodoma and Shinyanga regions and in the Districts of Makambako in Njombe and Mbozi in Songwe will be completed at the end of next year. Construction of the grain silos by a Polish producer of grain silos, Feerum JSC began in December 2016 after signing of a contract with Tanzania National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA).

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Making Finance Work for Africa have affirmed their commitment in strengthening digital finance investments in Africa. This comes as IFC held its ninth annual Responsible Finance Forum (RFF) in Tanzania, funded by BMZ, and its first ever to be held in Africa.

In 2019, the Angolan agricultural sector across 7 provinces will be stimulated by a French investment of €200 million, Macauhub reports. The financial package will be managed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and will focus on financing family farming projects and the promotion of the agricultural industry, stated Sylvain Itté, French ambassador to Angola.

Thursday, 08 November 2018

Barbados will host a two day private sector consultation on the post-Cotonou agreement early next month that the organisers said is intended to producing an African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) private sector declaration as inputs to be made available to the ACP technical negotiating team. The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the European Union (EU) and the ACP that was signed in June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city. It entered into force in 2003 and was subsequently revised in 2005 and 2010.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged on Tuesday a new €1bn development fund of to tackle unemployment in Africa, a problem spurring the mass migration that has shaped her long premiership as it nears its end. Merkel hosted a summit of African leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, a day after her announcement that she would retire from politics by 2021, which sent shockwaves across Europe and started a race to succeed her.

The Italy-Africa Conference scheduled to be held at the Farnesina next 25 October, will involve 46 African Countries, many representatives at ministerial level and 13 International Organizations, including the African Union, for a total of 350 delegates.

Papua New Guinea has taken steps to strengthen and deepen its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU and other ACP states that have similar trading arrangements. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Rimbink Pato who attended the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 26 October 2018, signed the ACP Administrative Cooperation Agreement (ACA), making it possible for Papua New Guinea to enter into intra-ACP trade relations with the cumulation of the rules of origin.