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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Following the sixthannual summit in Fortaleza last year (July 2014), it was decided that the BRICS Bank will start lending in 2016. The bank make an initial US$50bn fund as well as funds from the Contingency ReserveArrangement (CRA) ofUS$100bn. These latter funds shall target alleviating members’ financial difficulties (US$41bnfrom China, US$5bn from South Africa and US$18bn from each of the others).

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Bilateral tradebetween China and Kenya rose 53 % the equivalent of 5.009 billion US dollar in2014. China is now Kenya's largest trading partner and source of directinvestment. The two countries signed a co- financing deal to build a majorrailway linking the Kenyan capital Nairobi with the port city of Mombasa, thebiggest infrastructure project since Kenya's independence. The high speed lineis expected to boost regional trade, create employment opportunities and deepenintegration in East Africa when it is put into service.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Palau-Tonga exchanged lessons learnt about coastal protection measures and methods to enhance the resilience to climate change of coastal communities. The cooperation was initiated by the Government of Palau which co-funded the exchange visit with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the European Union through the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States project. On Feb. 12, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community launched the first of a series of nine country-specific climate change adaptation videos produced for the Pacific Small Island states project.

Monday, 23 February 2015

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

The CTA Brussels News Service is providing EU-ACP policy news since 2004, on various key thematic areas. In addition to this news service, we also provide news on ACP intra-regional trade, and south-south cooperation (investments of emerging countries' in agriculture in the ACP regions). The main stories for the week are featured in our newsletter and all stories can be found in our Regional Trade and the South-South cooperation sections.

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This article looks into the different types of tools that exist for the mobilisation of quality linked to the origin of various products, namely protected geographic indications (GIs). In the ACP countries, specific institutions play a key role in protecting the intellectual property (IP) of certain products: African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The authors also offer recommendations to policy makers: enforcing international protection, enhanced regional integration, enforcement of rules and laws, empowering decision makers and investing in research.

Chef de Cabinet of the ACP Secretariat, Brussels, recently wrote on the evolving relations between the EU and ACP states. He noted that while the ACP-EU partnership is still important from the development cooperation perspective, much still needs to be done to adapt to changing global context. This includes, inter alia, strengthening the ACP as an intergovernmental body by reforming the ; streamlining and refocusing the mandate of the organization; increased focus on critical regional and global public goods; building new alliances, especially with emerging powers of the global South.

Friday, 06 February 2015

At Barbados trade Policy review at the World trade Organisation last week, the EU submitted tow questions to Barbados: EU submitted to Barbados a number of questions as regards Barbados’ trade and investment policy making. Firstly,  in regards to Barbados’ dual-licensing regime that favours imports from other CARICOM partners, the EU asked for clarification on the monitoring requirements applicable to CARICOM and non-CARICOM countries. Secondly, considering that the tourism sector and the related activities are responsible for over 50 per cent of the economic activities in Barbados, the EU was interested to understand the licensing for the tourism services sector.

The Minister of Trade and Industry for Norway and Namibia met to discuss the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Generalized System of Preference (GSP) and the Free Trade Area (FTA) Beef Quota Review. Norway is reviewing its agricultural support framework with a view to opening up its markets for global competition, which could negatively impact the Botswana-Namibia beef quota. While Norway provides an annual quota of 2,700 tons of beef imports from SACU, most of which is from Botswana and Namibia, officials recognized the need for extensive consultations to ensure that the SACU market is protected, especially in light of negotiations on the SACU and European Free Trade Area (SACU-EFTA) Agreement.