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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

President Paul Kagame and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday held bilateral talks in Paris, France during which the two leaders discussed ties between the African Union and the European nation, among other subjects. Macron met Kagame at the Élysée Palace and during a subsequent news conference by the two leaders, Kagame said their talks covered a range of areas largely in his capacity as African Union Chairperson.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A total of €1.45 billion were mobilised by the International Conference for The Gambia, co-chaired by The Gambia and the European Union. The reinforced political and financial support by the international community will assist The Gambia in continuing its democratic transition, building on strong democratic institutions, the respect of human rights and the rule of law, and sustainable and shared economic growth.

Rwanda is Arsenal’s first-ever tourism partner. The top-flight English Premier League football club will have all their teams wear ‘Visit Rwanda’ on the sleeves.Rwanda is Arsenal’s first-ever tourism partner. The top-flight English Premier League football club will have all their teams wear ‘Visit Rwanda’ on the sleeves. Vinal Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer said the deal will bring Rwanda into people’s minds in a new and dynamic way.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The African Union (AU) is studying mechanisms to strengthen cooperation with the European Union (EU) on infrastructure promotion, in order to reduce poverty, promote sustainable development and inclusive growth. From now on, conversations will be held in this regard between the continental blocs, although it was not specified when.

Rwanda is going to host 'Innovation Prize for Africa', an annual Pan-African event held every year. This will be the 7th edition of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). This will showcase the African ingenuity and also recognise as well as connect African innovators and entrepreneurs. It was indicated in a press statement that the organisers choose Rwanda as the host country.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a new Procurement Procedural Framework with the African Development Bank (AfDB), to make project implementation and monitoring easier for ongoing and future co-financed public sector projects. The Framework provides clear, consistent and resource-efficient procurement arrangements, in line with the EIB’s Guide to Procurement.

Senior Kenyan and European officials are today meeting in Mombasa where the flagship of the European Union's Atalanta operation, the ITS Carlos Margottini, is making a port visit. Kenya's National Assembly is represented by members of its Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, led by its chairman Hon. Katoo Ole Metito. The ITS Carlos Margottini, alongside the Spanish Warship ESPS Meteoro, is tackling piracy and armed robbery off the Somalian coast.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

On Thursday, the High Council of the Judiciary (CSM) took delivery of 4,500 copies of the Guide to Citizens’ Rights and Obligations, as well as 500 copies of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Judges, from the European Union (EU). Both documents, drafted by the CSM, have been produced to give citizens guidance about their rights and obligations and the services available to them.

Digital innovations and the opportunities they offer to women in agriculture have the ability to transform every link in the agriculture value chain. However, despite the advancements in technology and digitalisation, the gender gaps continue to widen. Women are 14% less likely than men to own a mobile phone and 25 % fewer women and girls use the internet. This means female farmers, particularly in rural areas, often experience difficulties accessing relevant information, financial products and services and markets.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Youth associations, public and private organizations announced back in March their support of a roadmap to empower youth in The Gambia. The Youth and Trade Roadmap, which has been developed as part of the International Trade Centre’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) with the support of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, places skills development and entrepreneurship at the heart of a new effort to create jobs and opportunities in the West African country. Around 100 representatives from more than 40 organizations gathered in the Gambian capital, Banjul, for a workshop to assess and validate the Youth and Trade Roadmap.