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Saturday, 23 September 2017

This draft report on ‘The External impact of EU trade and investment policy in public-private initiatives outside the EU’, calls on ‘EU bodies to encourage EU companies participating in PPPs in third countries, in particular in least-developed countries, to work in accordance with the principle of policy coherence so that development cooperation objectives are taken into consideration; calls on the Commission, furthermore, to encourage sustainable investments and promote projects focused on environmental protection, waste management or the use of renewable energies, for instance.’ It also notes ‘Notes that SMEs and larger companies can provide unique private-sector know-how, experience, and networks involving public authority in non-EU countries.’

Friday, 27 March 2015

Researchers from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, with support from Bio-resource Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program developed superior, better-yielding, drought-resistant beans. They have much shorter cooking time, about 40 % less cooking time, which makes it a convenient investment for the canning industry as it significantly reduces energy costs. Additionally, beans ‘considered’ a woman’s crop can bring significant advances for women. These varieties are expected to have a strong impact in countries in eastern Africa, including Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The French electrical firm Schneider has announced a fund of €54.5 million euro to finance access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The Energy Access Ventures Fund specifically targets the 625 million inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa who do not have access to electricity. They aim to bring electricity to one million households by 2020 through investments in about 20 small and medium African businesses. The fund shall provide technical assistance to businesses that are developing low-carbon and cheap energy to peri-urban and rural populations. The Schneider Group shall work in partnership with several European institutions such as the European bank of investment (BEI), the French agency for development (AFD) and the Africa business support and investment fund (Fisea).

The Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) modernizationProject co-financed to the tune of $ 250,000 the Caribbean Harvest to enablethem to double their production of tilapia, from 1.2 to 2.4 tonnes. 300 cagesfor fry will be provided to 150 farmers who live on Lake Azueï to allow them tobreed fingerlings to market size. This co-financing will also be used toincrease the capacity of solar equipment to 60 kilowatts to the Farm HarvestCaribbean "The LEVE co-financing will enable more farmers to producetilapia, providing them and also to their families, improved livelihoods,"stressed Dr. Valentin Abe, CEO of Caribbean Harvest.

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Thursday, 05 March 2015

The cradle of humanity may soon become its radiator. Rift Valley, this 700km long fault that runs through eastern Africa to the Nile Valley in Mozambique is the place for geothermal energy: in the center, the earth's crust is thicker than about ten kilometers and there is no need to dig far to find hot water. At Olkaria near Lake Naivasha where glasshouse rose plantations produce for the cities in Europe, a large geothermal plant was established with the financial support of the French Development Agency (AFD).

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Italy is convinced of the need for closer cooperation with Africa, the continent of the future. It has everything to gain in a partnership between Europe and Africa, said the Managing Director of the Italian oil company ENI, Claudio Descalzi. Speaking of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Descalzi noted, he must "unite Europe to Africa to help in development; help develop its market; establish a virtuous relationship between the two continents. Do we have a choice? I do not believe it.” Naturally, Claudio Descalzi share the experience gained on the ground by his group, with over 50 years combined Cooperation (whatever its name) with the African continent.

No, Jean-Louis Borloo has not retired. If since his health problems, the former minister had finished definitively with politics, he now has another purpose: to electrify Africa. And his project is progressing well. The future is Africa. "I'm going to Africa every week", assured, enthusiastic, the former mayor of Valenciennes in October. Jean-Louis Borloo wants to do for Africa what we did for France after the war: building a grid. Currently, only 25% of the continent - excluding Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco - has access to electricity. His conclusion: stagnating Europe must invest in this future territory. “Africa is the gateway to Europe with rapid population growth, this may be our future ", said the former centrist leader.

While the world is in a state of upheaval, with emerging countries increasingly adding to environmental and climate damage (according to the Global Carbon Project, China was responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions in 2013), the paths taken by developing countries, in particular those in Africa, will be decisive for the future of the planet. Whether it relates to energy, climate or the environment, Africa must commit itself to a long-term transformation and use the wealth that it carries within itself to convert limitations into opportunities.

François Hollande has announced his ambitions concerning the future of the famous tax on financial transactions, or the Tobin tax.  Objective: to take this political hydra out of a dead-end. And the reason: on 9 December, in Brussels, the eleven countries debating this tax as part of a "closer cooperation" at European level expressed their disagreement.  In Lima, precisely, the countries of the South – in particular the Africa Group, the Small Island States, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Brazil – called for details on the financing channels for this fund, without success.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Seychelles President James Michel will be heading to Paris on a short working visit next week, at the invitation of his French counterpart Francois Hollande, State House has announced in a press statement issued this morning. During the visit Michel will hold discussions with Hollande, a meeting which comes just months after they met in the Comoros, together with other regional leaders, during the 4th Summit of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). "This visit... ... is an opportunity for Seychelles and France to strengthen their relations in the fields of Blue Economy, the fight against climate change, tourism, new energy and maritime security," reads the statement.