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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The co-presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) have welcomed the commitment of the 79-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the 28-nation European Union (EU) to negotiate a successor Agreement to the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. The 15th Regional Meeting of the JPA took place in Kenya's capital Nairobi from April 11-13, 2018. The Agreement, signed in Cotonou on June 23, 2000, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU.

Caribbean development partners and beneficiaries of the Hub and Spokes Programme, an aid-for-trade initiative, began a regional planning workshop April 23–25 with appreciation of the programmes tangible impact on the ground. The workshop is being held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, Guyana. Caribbean country beneficiaries and advisers will work to develop a new framework that is likely to govern the implementation and management of a successor programme.

The Namibia Red Cross Society with support from the European Union (EU) has launched a renewable energy initiative at Muyako village, in efforts to mitigate climate change. According to the Namibian, Zambezi Red Cross board chairperson Innocent Mahoto said the project aims to promote the use of various forms of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in 10 selected rural communities of the Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West regions. "Selected small-scale farmers of which most are in off-grid electricity areas will benefit from the installation of renewable energy in community gardens that will facilitate a responsible and environmentally friendly use of resources," said Mahoto.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Germany has handed over maritime security equipment to the Multi-national Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) in Accra, Ghana to assist ECOWAS maritime security measures. The equipment donated to the Centre is one of the efforts of Germany in consolidating its maritime safety support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The equipment, worth 1.2 million Euros, consist of 18 items-a Barrett long range telecommunications device including nautical and marine radio facilities, satellite communication radio, computers, monitors and voltage regulators, a Mast as well as minibus and their accessories.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Grenada and the European Union have signed an agreement for just under one million euros (EC$3.3M) to support the Government’s Public Financial Management PFM) reform agenda, in line with its Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy. PFM in general underpins fiscal and macro-economic stability, guides the allocation of public resources to national priorities, supports the efficient delivery of services, and makes possible the transparency and scrutiny of public funds. Some of the objectives under Grenada’s PFM action plan include the issue of transparency, good governance and oversight of the budget.

The European Union and UNCTAD launched today in Luanda a four-year, €5.5 million ($6.9m) project aimed at helping Angola diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil, which accounts for a whopping 93% of total merchandise exports. After decades of civil war ended in 2002, Angola’s economy took off thanks to abundant oil reserves, which fueled a decade of double-digit growth. The steady flow of petrodollars financed new roads and fancy skyscrapers in Luanda, the nation’s capital and now one of the world’s most expensive cities.

Allianz has announced that it is funding infrastructure projects in Africa by investing in the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) managed by Investec Asset Management, the asset management branch of South African Investec Bank. To do this, Allianz will contribute €75 million and US$25 million (€20 million) over the next 12 years. This EAIF investment will create value for customers of Allianz and is completely aligned with the international investment strategy of the German group.

Last Thursday, the ministers of Planning, Social Affairs and Employment, Women’s Rights and the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund launched, in partnership with the European Union, the Programme to Strengthen the Organisations of Haitian Civil Society (PROSCH). Financed by the European Union with €5 million over the next four years, this programme aims to promote the establishment of democracy in Haiti though an increasing, fair and effective involvement of civil society in political, economic and social decision-making processes.

Last Friday in Dakar, the Senegalese government and the EU signed three financial agreements worth over 15 billion CFA Francs for domestic security, transport and the Programme for Competitiveness in West Africa (PCAO). The agreements were signed by Finance Minister Amadou Bâ and the EU ambassador to Senegal, Joaquin Gonzalez-Ducay. “The first injection, of 6.5 billion CFA Francs, is earmarked for cooperation on internal security between Senegal and the European Union,” said Amadou Bâ.

On Friday 13th April 2018, the governor of the Hauts-Bassins region, Antoine Atiou, presided over the official launch ceremony of the ‘Integrated Programme for the Diversification of Production and Improvement of Nutrition in the Hauts-Bassins region’ (PADIS project).This project, financed by the German Ministry of Cooperation and Development BMZ, has been launched by the NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in partnership with CBM (Christoffel Blindenmission).