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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, responsible for Agriculture delivered the keynote speech at the Bioeconomy Forum in Brussels, which addresses the need to strengthen the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy in Europe. The Commission is already leading global role in sustainably managing and exploiting biological resources but moving forward requires mobilising further investments. It was recognized that this means strengthening Europe's research and innovation capacity and increase public private investments.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is increasing its support for the development of green energy in the Eastern Caribbean. DFID has announced an agreement to contribute around $3.9 million USD to the Caribbean Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy for the Eastern Caribbean initiative. The program provides financing designed to advance sustainable energy solutions in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

This article states that the export-oriented German economy should consider alternative markets in Africa. Increased investments are needed for infrastructure, energy and in turn, this could enhance integration into efficient Global Value Chains (GVC). In light of the Euro Zone problems, the crisis in emerging markets, and the Chinese economic downturn, investment in Africa offers many opportunities. Indeed, recently the German Engineering Federation Association (VDMA) emphasized that Africa is awakening “from its slumber”. Moreover, out of the ten fastest growing economies in the world currently six come from Africa.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture by Barloworld Handling Limited of the United Kingdom and BayWa Aktiengesellschaft of Germany.  Barloworld Handling belongs to the South African Barloword group which produces earthmoving, power systems, materials handling and agricultural equipment, automotive and logistics services. BayWa is a German group active in agriculture, building materials and energy. The joint venture will distribute agricultural machinery and parts and provide related services in Zambia at first, and may become active in other Sub-Saharan areas.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea this week. The visit comes few months ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "The EU and the Pacific are long-standing allies in the fight against climate change. Countries in this region are amongst the most vulnerable to its impacts – as demonstrated by the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March. This year's Forum will be an important opportunity to unite together with the view to secure a strong and credible global climate deal that will significantly accelerate the global transition to a climate resilient sustainable future."

Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have signed a treaty establishing a maritime boundary between the two countries. It is the first ever of its kind and is based on equidistance between the two countries. Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart explained,  “The definition of the extent of a state’s jurisdiction over its land and maritime space is not a small matter. In fact, the ability of a state to exercise this jurisdiction unimpeded is one of the very defining characteristics of sovereignty. To agree with one’s neighbours exactly where their jurisdiction begins and yours ends is thus a matter of the highest import to the proper conduct of the business of the state.”

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

At the Third International Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the European Union (EU) pledged to remain the world's most open market, by continuing to import from developing countries and develop schemes, which benefit developing countries. On imports, the EU currently imports €860 billion worth of goods annually from developing countries and it has already indicated funds of up to €6 billion to support trade schemes with developing countries. Via the EU’s Sustainable Energy for All project , €3.5 billion will be allocated to the energy sector  and this is expected to leverage a further €30billion from now until 2020. The EU’s budget support programmes, annually disburse of €1.6 billion to 80 developing countries, while EU direct support to domestic public amounts to €140 million annually.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Cabo Verde and the EU will expand their special partnership to new areas, such as renewable energy and strengthening of the private sector. The partnership which began in 2007, shall now include renewable energy and will encourage collaboration with various partners, as well as Member States of the EU. The special partnership was based on six areas – good governance, regional integration, technical and regulatory convergence, security and stability, knowledge society, fighting poverty and supporting development. As part of the upcoming Special Partnership and Europe Day, on 9 May, Cabo Verde and the EU will host several political, cultural and educational activities in Praia and Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente.

As the world’s biggest user and importer of biodiesel, the recent European Parliament ruling which  limits the use of crop-based biofuels is a strong signal that the EU is engaged to meet its  energy targets. Moreover, it also signals the end of a long running debate on the detrimental implications of  biofuel demand for transport on food prices, hunger, forest destruction, land consumption and climate change. Food crops, such as palm oil, soy and rapeseed are currently being used for transport fuel. However, this ruling indicates that the EU shall proactively limit biofuel production from agricultural crops to 7% of EU transport energy, and EU member states have the option to go lower than this. 

Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Angola and Brazil signed a cooperation agreement o facilitate investment and a memorandum of understanding to promote investment in industry, agriculture, energy and services. The memorandum of understanding for the promotion of investments also includes projects that promote the growth of bilateral trade, provision of services and partnerships in industry, agriculture and energy.The two documents were intended to make the economic climate more attractive and favorable for a joint working relationship, both in the public and private sectors, in line with the development of the two countries and the opportunities for South/South cooperation. The two agreements are the result of 40 years of good relations between Angola and Brazil.