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Sunday, 17 December 2017
The Report prepared for the Briefing on “ACP rural development: why Media matters?”, held on 12th October 2009,  is now available online. The report give a summary of discussions as well as resources and references related to the subject.

Official development aid must continue to grow and not suffer from the current economic and financial crisis, warned ACP-EU Co-President Louis Michel at the inaugural session of the 18th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly on Monday in Luanda. "Additional" funds should be released to help developing countries combat the food crisis and climate change, argued Louis Michel. "This money ought not to be deducted from current development aid", said Mr Michel, noting that some states are cutting their development aid budgets in response to the crisis, and adding that "nothing justifies such a reduction in official development aid - quite the contrary". Mr Michel advocated seeking new sources of development policy funding, such as a tax on air fares", and backed the idea, tabled by certain Member States, of a "tax on financial transactions". He condemned the coup d'Etat in Niger, observing that "the situation in Niger does not allow us to recognise constitutional bodies deriving from non-constitutional elections", a law that makes homosexuality a crime in Uganda, and difficulties in overcoming the crisis in Madagascar, despite African Union mediation efforts.

Thursday, 03 December 2009

It is probable that at some time in the next two weeks, Europe will announce that a final deal on bananas has been achieved. In so doing, it will bring to a close the trade war that it has been fighting with Latin producers and the United States since 1993. If documents now circulating in Brussels represent the outcome, the final solution will not be much to the Caribbean's liking. On agreeing a deal, Europe will reduce its banana tariff from €176 to €148/t. Then, over a period of seven years, the tariff will fall to €114/t for all non-preferential imports of bananas into Europe. In exchange, Latin American producers will agree to drop their complaints against the EU at the World Trade Organisation. As with most matters of this kind, the final outcome is not yet guaranteed. There are still sensitive exchanges under way on a small number of issues requiring resolution.

Wednesday, 02 December 2009
Experts from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries who met last Wednesday in Luanda to prepare for the 18th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly are calling on the member states of the European Union and other rich countries to write off poor nations’ foreign debts. This standpoint was expressed in a statement read out to the press by the spokesperson at the meeting, Robert Luke Ironga, stressing that almost 60 countries need debt cancellation to have a chance of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Robert Luke Ironga reported that the meeting had saluted measures already taken by some EU states to cancel developing countries’ debts. The document contains a draft motion for a resolution calling on donor countries to take account of the effects of the economic crisis on the ACP states and apply the principles enshrined in the Paris Declaration on aid efficiency, reiterated in the Accra Agenda, and expressed at the Doha Conference and several G20 summits.
The fourth AFD-IFOP poll on the French population’s attitude to development aid has revealed that French people consider their country’s public development aid spending to be justified. Six out of ten believe that France plays an important role in fighting poverty in the international arena and should continue to develop its own aid policy within a European framework (76%). This view applies both to bilateral and multilateral aid (Unitaid, the global fund to fight AIDS and tuberculosis, the European development fund, etc.). Although the majority of French people believe the aid to be effective, they also think efficiency could be further improved through supporting local partners and promoting knowledge transfer. 66% of respondents said France’s aid for developing countries was justified in spite of the crisis and the country’s budgetary problems. A large majority of those questioned (57%) were aware of the importance of aid in tackling the international crisis and believed the development budget should be maintained or increased. 71% said the EU should increase its aid.
Tuesday, 01 December 2009
At a time when European leaders are gathering to welcome the dawn of a new era with the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty, this change may well prove to be more extensive than anticipated. The coming days could spell the end of the era when Europe considered the fight against poverty a priority. In the ongoing discussions on the Banana Dossier, the ACP States have made numerous concessions in an effort towards finding a definitive and balanced solution. In fact, analysis of the European banana market has shown that the customs tariff of €176/t that has been applied to banana imports from Central and South American countries (MFN countries) since January 2006, has sharply increased their presence on the EU market. There is no risk whatsoever, not now nor in the future, given the limited production capacity of the ACP countries that the European market will be “flooded” with ACP bananas.
Monday, 30 November 2009

Mr. Hegel Goutier, editor of the magazine "The Courier - The Magazine of Africa-Caribbean-Pacific & European Union Relations" is our guest. Mr. Goutier, who has 22 years experience as a journalist specializing in ACP-EU cooperation, present the purpose, content and objectives of the Courrier (available in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese), real media tool between the EU and ACP countries. Mr. Goutier shares with us the challenges ahead for the Courier and for the ACP-EU communication.

Friday, 27 November 2009
CTA in partnership with the European Commission-DG Development and EuropeAid, the EU Presidency, the ACP Secretariat, Euforic, IPS Europe and Concord organizes bimonthly Development Briefings in Brussels to raise awareness on key rural development issues with the development community based in Brussels. The next Brussels Development Briefing will be held on 9th December  and will discuss "From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity" in the context of the new EC policy on Food security to be released. The Briefing will be looking at the domino effects of increased speculation in food markets (How has the global food and financial crisis affected food production and distribution and the food security of the poorest? Is global food production at risk in the medium and long term and will national food security and food sovereignty be the priority over global food availability?  Is the small-scale farming more effective and resilient in times of crisis in least-developed countries?) and the on what realistic policy options can secure food supply and availability at global and local levels. The meeting will be held on 9th December at Berlaymont from 8h30 to 13h00. You can view outcomes of previous meetings at http://brusselsbriefings.net. For registration please contact: boto@cta.int or pruna@cta.int
It is increasingly recognized that migrants constitute an invaluable resource for development in their home countries. For many developing countries, remittances from overseas migrants exceed development aid and foreign direct investment volumes. But how does migration affect ACP rural development? CTA started discussing this issue during the Brussels Development Briefing on “How does international migration affect ACP rural development?” last 11th December 2008. As a follow up to this event, CTA will coordinate an electronic discussion on “Key challenges on Migration and Rural development for ACP countries”, from mid-November 2009 to February 2010. Key themes such as remittance flows and their contribution to rural development and the role of migrants and Diaspora groups in rural development will be addressed. The discussion will be held in French and English with translation provided by the organisers. For more information or to register for the consultation kindly contact Mrs Leila Rispens-Noel (leila.wimler@gmail.com), coordinator of the e-consultation, or Mrs Isolina Boto (boto@cta.int).
The European Commission has a launched a consultation on an issues paper entitled "Towards a EU policy framework to assist developing countries addressing agriculture and food security challenges". This consultation aims at collecting views on a number of important challenges and issues in the field of agriculture and food security in order to identify the role of the EU in assisting developing countries addressing such challenges. In this context, the CTA and its partners will organise the next Briefing on 9th December on Food security as to feed the debates.