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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

For engineer Henri Prévot and Central African Republic deputy Jean-Pierre Mara, writing a joint op-ed in Le Monde, France’s efforts to promote solar energy have more chance of success in Africa than at home. Contrary to popular belief, sub-Saharan Africa is electrifying fast.

The European Union (EU) remains convinced that financial commitment is the best way to combat climate change; a global phenomenon. The organisation wants to invest more in zero CO2 emission projects in Africa.

On Thursday 4 October, after presenting his credentials, the head of the European Union Delegation in Benin, Ambassador Oliver Nette, invited journalists to a lunch at his residence. It was an opportunity for him to discuss Europe’s new directions in its partnership with Africa, and Benin in particular, with members of the media.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Representatives of National Authorizing Offices (NAO) of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund.

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.