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Friday, 20 October 2017

In Dakar on Wednesday, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Ramatoulaye Dieng Ndiaye stated that Senegal is banking on developing aquaculture “as a response to the serious challenges arising from youth employment and food security”, stressing the fact that this would call for “a managed dynamic”. “An aquaculture investment plan has been developed to support the sector,” she said, “with a map of aquaculture sites and a draft bill covering the field now on its passage through Parliament.”

Ghanaian President John Mahama’s recent visit to Rome on Tuesday provided an opportunity for a reaffirmation of the resolute involvement of his country in the world “Zero Hunger” campaign. Along with the President of the Italian National Assembly, Mrs Laura Boldrini, John Dramani Mahama was a guest of the World Food Programme (WFP), at the Rome headquarters of this United Nations institution. It was an occasion for Italy and Ghana, two economic partners with a very close relationship, to once again declare their full commitment to the battle to eradicate hunger from the world.

Marine aquaculture is a new cooperative initiative between Senegal and Morocco designed to offset declining catches, but it is also hoped that it will help boost world production, explained Muguette Bâ, CEO of the National Aquaculture Agency (Agence nationale de l'aquaculture – ANA) in Dakar on Wednesday. “Cooperation in this field is important, because we share the Atlantic fringe and there is potential to be developed, if we pool all our skills to face the challenges and upgrade fish-farming in Africa,” Mr Bâ stated.

The Cameroon government has just launched a call for expressions of interest to select a private investor “to establish and run an agricultural-industrial sugar complex” in the east in the “inter Bertoua-Batoria zone”. The invitation, signed on November 17 by Minister for Mines, Industry and Technological Development (Minimidt) Emmanuel Bonde, was published in the press this Thursday, the Minister stating that “the main goal of this project is to supplement the current shortfall in the national sugar market on a yearly basis and to look to the future growth of the markets in the sub-Region and beyond”.

Three NGOs, the Youth Without Borders Association (Association Jeunesse Sans Frontières – A.J.S.F), S.O.S Consumers and Time, backed by the Counsel Bhongo-Mavoungou, are seeking to expedite the cancellation of the agreement reached in 2007 between the State of Gabon and the French Logistique Bolloré Group which is responsible for the high cost of living in Gabon. These NGOs claim that this partnership has been more profitable for the Bolloré Group than for Gabon. Just two weeks ago, Minister for the Economy, Investment Promotion and Future Prospects Régis Immongault paid a visit to the markets in the Gabon capital to check on the implementation of the agreement signed in 2012 between the State of Gabon and the key figures in the trade sector.

Monday, 01 December 2014

“The core of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is to improve the lives of people.” These were the words of Renwick Rose, chair of the CARIFORUM delegation at the inaugural meeting of the EU CARIFORUM Consultative Committee. This Consultative Committee, which is made up of civil society organisations, is tasked with fostering dialogue between the two regions and monitoring implementation of the EU-Cariforum EPA in a way that not only improves trade but also has a positive impact on the Caribbean region socially, economically and environmentally. The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 13 and 14 November 2014. These two days of discussions culminated in the adoption of a declaration that was presented to the EPA Trade and Development Committee.

The Mozambican and Spanish governments signed in Maputo on Friday a new Partnership Framework Programme under which Spain will provide 46.55 million euros (about 57.8 million US dollars) in aid during the period 2014-2016. The funds are intended for the health sector, food security, rural development and decentralization, gender issues and culture in Cabo Delgado, Inhambane and Maputo provinces. The agreement was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze and by Albert Virella, the General Director of Cooperation for Africa in the Spanish international Cooperation and Development Agency (AECID).


 St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there. The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). “The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry statement said. It said the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Djiboutian government officials and representatives from EUCAP Nestor, the European Union's maritime capacity building initiative in the Horn of Africa, met Wednesday (November 19th) to discuss further co-operation, the Djiboutian Information Agency reported. Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, who chaired the meeting, praised EUCAP Nestor's work in Djibouti. Youssouf called for further co-operation between the EU initiative and the Djiboutian Coast Guard and Navy, who already have taken part in several training workshops held in the country. Members of the Civil Crisis Management Committee, which oversees the activities of EUCAP Nestor and assesses its progress, also were present for the meeting.

The Governments of Spain and Guinea-Bissau signed an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to enhance the cooperation in fisheries and aquiculture issues. This document dating back to 2008 had been extended in 2010, and the deadline would expire on 31 December this year. The main objective of this MoU is to strengthen relations between sector fisheries and aquaculture institutions of the two countries to contribute to the sustainable development and improve the efficiency of producers. The parties agreed to promote cooperation to develop the fisheries-aquaculture sector in Guinea-Bissau, with special emphasis on the promotion of food security and the fight against poverty.