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Monday, 23 October 2017

The French group Somdiaa announced at the end of September that it was committed, as part of its Sustainable Development Policy, to implementing ‘green harvesting’ in some of its subsidiaries (Cameroon, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire), in particular in the sugar sector. ‘Green harvesting,’ says Somdiaa, ‘has many advantages, including reducing the use of chemical fertilisers thanks to biomass (residual straw) from the harvest.’ The French agro-industrial group hopes that this cultivation technique will also lead to a reduction in the use of herbicides, in soil erosion and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of the sugar cane.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The French ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, Gilles Huberson, on Tuesday called on French companies to meet the Africa challenge during the closing ceremony of the first stage of Rencontres Africa 2017, an economic event aimed at strengthening the partnership between Africa and France. Ambassador Huberson welcomed the success of the first stage of Rencontres Africa, which bore fruit with the exceptional participation of French companies.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The government of Gabon reacted on Friday after the European Parliament resolution on 17 September calling on Gabon to stop all ‘harassment, intimidation and persecution’ of the opposition and ‘immediately release anyone still wrongfully held’. Libreville refuted all these accusations and condemned what it called the EP’s ‘relentlessness’ and failure to respect the sovereignty of Gabon. ‘The Government of the Republic joins the Gabonese Senate in denouncing this relentless and unjustifiable action,’ said the Minister of Communication and Government spokesman, Alain Claude Bilie By Nze.

Monday, 02 October 2017

The serious post-electoral crisis following the 2016 presidential elections in Gabon is fueling instability, say MEPs. They condemn the pressure and intimidation of the opposition in the country as its role is fundamental in a democratic society. MEPs urge the Gabonese authorities to immediately overturn their decision 'denying the right to leave the country to several leaders of the Gabon opposition, including the candidate in the 2016 presidential election Jean Ping. An 'independent and objective investigation into the election-related violence and the allegations of serious violations for human rights and fundamental freedoms should be held.

Friday, 22 September 2017

The Bolloré Consortium has been designated for the partial take-over of Necotrans’ activities in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. This was the decision handed down by the Commercial Court of Paris on 25 August 2017, in the context of its judgement on insolvency proceedings of the Necotrans group, Bolloré’s main rival in Africa, mainly in the management of port terminals, the oil and gas sector, and mining logistics.

Friday, 08 September 2017

The European long-distance fleet, grouped in Europêche, has expressed the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of DG Mare, Karmenu Vella, the importance of fisheries agreements with third countries for this fleet and has requested diplomatic support at the highest level to renew the agreement with Guinea-Bissau on fair terms. To renew the agreement with Guinea-Bissau, which ends on November 23, and after the failure of the fourth round of negotiations, Europêche considers it necessary to make the president of the country, José Mario Vaz, understand that its demands are disproportionate and that the renewal would imply a loss for both parties.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

This weekend President Hollande attends his last Africa-France summit. On taking office, he pledged to break with 'Francafrique' but almost five years later the French footprint in Africa appears undiminished. Some 10,000 security personnel have been seconded to the Malian capital Bamako for the 27th Africa-France summit and they are backed up by the Malian army and French troops. Mali is a tense country. "Clearly, with such a large number of high-ranking guests, security is paramount," Cheickna Hamala Diarra from the Bamako-based summit organizing committee told DW. This weekend Bamako plays host to French President Francois Hollande, 53 African heads of state and their respective delegations.

Friday, 13 January 2017

The EU has said the weekend presidential election in Gabon – whose final result is still not yet known – “lacked transparency”. The tiny West African country is in a tense state, as both incumbent President Ali Bongo and rival Jean Ping claimed victory. The disputed vote count – so far – shows Bongo just 5,000 votes ahead of Ping. A result was due yesterday, but that has now been delayed until late Wednesday (31 August). Bongo, who took over from his late father in 2009 amid violence which saw the French consulate torched, is running for a second term.

Thursday, 01 September 2016

A “ground-breaking” international treaty to combat fishing pirates took effect Sunday, becoming legally binding in 29 countries that so far have adhered to it, the UN’s food agency said. Under it, countries are legally required to inspect trawlers when they enter their ports for signs of illicit catches. “This is a great day in the continuing effort to build sustainable fisheries that can help feed the world,” said Graziano da Silva, director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). We hail those countries that have already signed on to the agreement and who will begin implementing it as of today.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will be much more difficult from now on thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), states the Organization the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO announced that once the necessary threshold has been reached, with 30 member countries that have formally deposited their adhesion instruments, the countdown has begun for the entry into force of this innovative international treaty. The first international treaty in the world aimed specifically at combating IUU fishing will become an international law, which is binding, on June 5. Together, the 29 countries and the European Union -- which has signed as individual part – who have formally committed through their adhesion instruments to the agreement account for more than 62 per cent of fish imports worldwide, and 49 per cent of exports, totalling more than USD 133,000 million and USD 139,000 million, respectively, in 2013 (...) The following States and regional economic integration organizations are part of the agreement: Australia, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, European Union -- Organisation Member--, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Tonga, United States of America, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Source: fis.com

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