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Thursday, 19 October 2017
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.
Experts from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific are meeting since  Wednesday morning in Luanda, to prepare the documents that will be submitted to the 18th  session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, that will open on November 30 in the Angolan capital. The meeting is to tackle matters related to the impact of the world economic financial crisis on ACP countries, the situation in Madagascar, climatic changes, as well as the participation and  integration of youngsters in social and cultural affairs. The event will gather 400 participants from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific plus Europe, to  discuss the reforms in international institutions and globalisation, including the refugees issue. The meeting will also tackle the impact of the world economic and financial crisis on the  ACP-EU states, the reduction of the effect of natural disasters, the World Trade Organisation  negotiations and the economic partnership accords, as well as the documents on regional and  countries strategies on the 10th Europe Development Fund.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Liberalising global agricultural trade without any regulation would threaten global food security as private investment funds would buy huge amounts of land in developing countries and produce for profit rather than to feed the poor, Jacques Carles, founder of Momagri, a French think-tank on agriculture. If you free international trade without any regulation, only international investment funds and speculators will profit, not the poor", said Carles, managing director of Momagri (Mouvement pour une organisation mondiale de l'agriculture). Private investment funds are already rushing to buy agricultural land all over the globe, he warned, adding that "we are heading towards a very dangerous scenario" in which these funds and speculators own huge amounts of land and produce according to world demand in order to make a profit.
Over the years, the European Community has developed strong political and economic relationship with countries from ACP regions, known collectively as the ACP Group, notably through the signing of the Cotonou Agreement in 2000. Fisheries is one of the economic sectors that has received continuous support from the EC through the European Development Fund, both at regional and national levels. Considering the economic and social importance of fisheries in many ACP countries, EU-funded projects designed to develop fisheries administrations’ planning and management capacities have been implemented in partnership with concerned ACP States with a view to enhance food security and create employment. ACP FISH II is a Programme financed by the European Commission under the 9th European Development Fund, with an overall amount of 30-million Euros, aiming at strengthening fisheries management in ACP countries.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
'Embedded’ trade analyst helps establish a network of services –the first of its kind in continental Africa. For food producers all over the world, the French gourmet chef is perhaps the most discerning of critics. With one nod of approval deciding the fate of many a high end supplier, it is nonetheless still seen as a prize worth aspiring towards. This is certainly what Uganda is working towards with vanilla. For according to research by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, there is a niche market in countries such as France and the USA.

European Parliament (Strasbourg):
- 23-26 November: Plenary session

EU Presidency (Brussels):
- 23-24 November: Climate Smart Food
- 24 November: ACP Working Party
- 25 November: Coreper I; Working Parties: Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid, International Environment Issues Climate Change, International Environment Issues Desertification, Africa, Foreign Relations Counselors (RELEX), Financial Agricultural Questions
- 26 November: Coreper II; Working Parties: Development Cooperation, Africa, External Fisheries Policy
- 27 November: Working Parties: ACP, External Fisheries Policy, Agricultural Counselors/Attachés

ACP Secretariat (Brussels, Luanda):
- 23 November: African Union; Fisheries Steering Committee
- 25 November: Meetings of ACP members: Committee on Economic Development,
Finance and Trade, Committee on Political Affairs; UNEP
- 26 November: Meeting of the ACP members of the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment; MEA Steering Committee; UNEP/MEA; Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- 27 November: 18th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and ACP-EU Joint PA; Regional Consultative meetings
- 28 November: Women’s Forum; Meeting of Committees: Social Affaires and the Environment, Political Affairs; Meeting of ACP members of the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade
- 29 November: Meeting of the Bureau of the ACP-EU JPA

For more information please consult the calendar on our webpage http://brussels.cta.int/