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Monday, 29 May 2017

The next Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” will take place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ). The will discuss the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing will: i) review successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promote the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) feed into the debate various perspectives on policy options.

Friday, 02 October 2015

During Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari’s election address earlier this year, he laid out his agenda and described the challenges facing Nigeria. The country is receiving assistance from China in most of the critical areas with the aim of fostering the foundation for a “win-win” relationship. With regards to the agricultural industry, the Nigerian National Special Program for Food Security, funded by the United Nations in 2003, fostered exchange with Chinese agriculture experts. It brought hundreds of Chinese agriculturalists to Nigeria to share their expertise with local communities to develop agricultural strategies and promote self-sustained living. In recent time, Chinese agricultural firms have moved to capitalize on Nigeria’s untapped market potential.

The American Chamber of Commerce of T&T (AmCham T&T) 's vice president, Catalina Herrera Roch congratulated Trade and Industry Minister, Paula Gopee-Scoon following networking session titled ' Doing Business in Latin America at Hyatt Regency last Wednesday. According to Nirad Tewarie, the chief executive of AMCHAM,  T&T would do well to look for markets in Latin America’s rapidly growing economies.

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro visited Dominica and St. Kitts  to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It shall paves the way for bilateral relations in a number of areas, including housing, infrastructure, law and order, education and training, agriculture, energy, technical assistance and health. Maduro said the support for St. Kitts and Nevis, which is primarily facilitated through the Petrocaribe agreement, is in keeping with the vision to “create a new world based on equality, solidarity and peace for all”.

The World Trade Organisation is holding its 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi in  December shall be a crucial moment to dicsuss key issues, not just for Kenya but all Africa countries. In relation to agriculture, Yah Tandon highlights some of the key issues: 1) Food sovereignty based on domestic production, and control over the basic means of production such as land, water, seeds and technology; 2) Agriculture as first and foremost a livelihood issue - trade liberalisation will put at risk the livelihood of millions, especially small-scale farmers; 3) smallholder farming as it is now cannot transform Africa - the colonially structured division of labour has located agriculture in Africa and industry in Europe.

A new commitment has been made between the East African Community (EAC) and India in the areas of trade, cultural exchange and development cooperation. The India High Commissioner to Tanzania and representative to the EAC, Sandeep Arya, said his country was keen on strengthening trade and cultural ties with regional bloc. Bilateral projects are currently underway in the area of health and agriculture, and futher initiatives are being developed to boost trade volumes and promote industrial growth in East Africa.

UN Under-Secretary general and high representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states said that China has been taking a leading role in promoting South-South cooperation.  South-South cooperation is changing the global economic landscape in the areas like technical cooperation, trade ties as well as investment relationship.  A high-level roundtable on South-South cooperation, co-hosted by China and the United Nations, will be held on Saturday at the UN headquarters on the sideline of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which is going to adopt a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to chair the high-level roundtable.

Monday, 28 September 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, 25 September 2015

South-Africa to host next Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on December 4 and 5, and shall be preceeded by a senior officials meeting on  December 2. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said “As co-chair of FOCAC for the period 2012-2018, South Africa looks forward to hosting this historic event. This will be the second summit since the inception of FOCAC in 2006 and the first on the continent. (…) South Africa looks forward to President Xi Jinping’s participation in this historic event.

Fostering economic cooperation for improving trade and crossborder investment, removing barriers and hurdles, such as cost of air fares and visas; as well as the setting up a regional low cost aviation company to service the Indian Ocean Islands, were issues discussed at the first meeting of the Commission Economique Regionale Mixte Maurice/Réunion, held yesterday at the Cyber Tower, Ebène. Discussions were led by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, for the Mauritian side, and by Senator Didier Robert, for Reunion Island.