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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Financing Agreement of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement Programme was signed today by the Secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Executive Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and National Authorising Officer and the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, in the presence of the Vice President & Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vincent Meriton and the Minister for Finance, Trade Investment & Economic Planning.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs are shaping their future their partnership at a three-day ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly in Brussels. Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Brussels from 18-20 June for their last joint session before talks on renewing the ACP-EU partnership start in August 2018.

The European Union (EU) reaffirmed its financial support for regional sustainable development and noted that it desired as one of the outcomes, a concise Regional Biodiversity Strategy for the next five years.

G-7 development ministers gathered in Whistler, Canada before last week’s leaders’ summit for meetings centered around women’s economic empowerment, including hearing from young women leaders on policies governments must pursue if they want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The G-7 is made up of seven of the most advanced economies in the world: The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan — and the European Union is also represented.

Political dialogue and mutual respect should remain at the core of the future EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific partnership from 2020, MEPs said on Thursday. Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the ACP group of 78 African, Caribbean, and Pacific states, which are to start in August 2018, MEPs welcomed the proposed overall architecture of future cooperation between the two regions, as recommended by the EU Commission, in a debate on Wednesday.

Increasing agricultural production by smallholder farmers, boosting agricultural value chains to revitalize the agricultural economic sector, providing technical support and investment to Liberia’s emerging agro-enterprises, and increasing the utilization of nutritious food by vulnerable households; these are just some of the key objectives of a major new European Union funded project which focuses on stimulating the Agriculture Sector across seven counties of Liberia over the next five years.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The 35th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place from 18 to 20 June 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). It will be preceded by meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 16 and 17 June 2018.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the 78 Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states, which are to start in August 2018, MEPs will discuss priorities for a future partnership agreement, such as migration, political dialogue, human rights and governance, in a debate on 13 June, and vote on them on 14 June.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Seychelles got the attention of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations today when President Danny Faure addressed them on the islands' innovative financing for the blue economy and ocean sustainability. This year's G7 chair Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had invited President Faure and the leaders of 10 other island and developing countries to join France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States at a special session on 'healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas, coasts and communities'.

Despite ambitious goals, France is struggling to get its development aid to the poorest countries as well as for gender-equality programmes, according to an assessment by the OECD. EURACTIV.fr reports. The OECD has examined French development aid. In a summary of its report, which will be available in September, the OECD’s development aid committee (CAD) highlights a number of successes but also points to weaknesses in France’s cooperation policy for the period 2013-2018.