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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, today signed a €165 million Regional Strategy Paper/Regional Indicat ive Programme (RSP/RIP) for Central Africa. Central Africa was represented by Antoine Ntsimi, President of the Commission of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CAEMC) and Louis Sylvain-Goma, Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The programme will help support regional and economic integration in this part of Africa.

The JPA will be holding its 4th Regional Meeting (West Africa) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 to 30 October 2009. The meeting will be chaired jointly by the two JPA Co-Presidents and will bring together 16 JPA parliamentarians from the West African region and 16 MEPs. The main issues to be discussed include the regional integration process, the EU-West Africa Economic Partnership Agreement, climate change, political stability and security, and the impact of the global food and financial crisis on the region.

Monday, 05 October 2009
Mr. Vincenzo Galastro of the African Agriculture Fund (AAF) is our special guest this week. Mr Galastro, was in Brussels for the 13th Development Briefing on the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in agriculture in ACP countries, and he talked to us about the African Agriculture Fund.
In the context of the European Development Days to be held in Stockholm under the Swedish presidency on 22-24th October 2009, CTA in partnership with the EC, FAO, IFAD, IIED, AGRA, Regional African Farmers Organisations will organise on 22 October (17h00-19h00) a round table on trends and challenges of the Global Land Acquisition. Recent global trends are prompting a massive increase in global commercial interest in land and natural resources. In many countries this is creating unprecedented pressures on land resources and placing new tensions on land tenure systems. We will discuss the facts, scope and main affected countries as well as the drivers behind. We will also look at the minimum set of principles and measures to coordinate the large-scale transnational land acquisitions and leases at international level in order to ensure that such investments work for the benefit of the population including the most vulnerable groups. To know more and register: boto@cta.int.
Thursday, 01 October 2009

The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has launched a website dedicated to informing and influencing fishing policy reform in the European Union (EU) in favour of small-scale fisheries. The reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is a once-in-ten-year event. The current review and reform process is the third such in the entire history of the CFP, created in 1983,and reviewed in 1992 and 2002.

The European Commission is increasingly inclined to ban Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing, thus supporting Monaco's proposal to list the species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) next March. Highly appreciated by sushi lovers and overfished for years, in Asia, especially in Japan, bluefin tuna prices can fetch up to $100,000 for a single fish. But the EU will not fully commit until its 27 member countries have been consulted on September 21 or before new scientific data emerges in November.
Monday, 28 September 2009
The Seychelles Fishing Boat Owners’ Association’s website is now online. The site was created by the SFA (Seychelles Fishing Authority) with technical support from the CDE. It is a means of promoting the products of Seychelles artisanal fisheries as part of a broader programme to promote all Seychelles fisheries products.
The European Commission is to provide €3 million to relieve the most urgent needs of victims of the severe flooding that hit West Africa in early September. Particular attention will be paid to the inhabitants of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Almost 150,000 people have been affected by the floods. The funding is to be managed by the Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Karel De Gucht. A fact-finding mission by a Commission humanitarian aid expert found that 150000 people were affected to varying degrees.
The Agriculture Commissioner for the EU, Mariann Fischer Boel, recently warned at an EU Commission meeting that a shortage of soybean meal for animal feed could add to financial problems for EU livestock producers. This summer small amounts of a biotech corn approved in the U.S., but not in the EU, were found in soybean meal imports from the U.S.
A Needs Prioritization workshop has opened at the International Convention Centre Lilendaal, Georgetown, to help African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states build capacity to address environmental issues by addressing critical issues relating to the implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and to empower ACP countries with critical knowledge, skills and abilities to increase the implementation rate of MEAs.