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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The European Union, has pledged more than €4 billion for small business startups for young people. The Union will work closely with many African governments to implement its grant program. The grant program to run annually and will prioritize agriculture, science and technology innovations that promote economic growth and job creation. Most grants will be given under these three categories. Over 200 young people across have so far received average grants of €5,000 Euro that focus on Climate innovation technologies in the last year.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Zambia stands in a stronger path of attracting millions of dollars in FDI compared to other countries in the southern region due to its tested history of peace and political stability, an influential German business association has said. During a courtesy call paid on Ambassador Anthony Mukwita’s offices on Axel -Springer-Strasse in Berlin, Mr. Christoph Kannengiersser, CEO and Director General of the German-African Business Association (GABA) known by its local name of V Afrika-Verein said all Zambia has to do now is to continue using its good name abroad to woo investors to pump money into the southern African country.

Monday, 08 January 2018

European Parliament

27-30 November: European Parliament Committee Meetings
29-30 November: European Parliament plenary session

European Council

27 November: Foreign Affairs Council
29 November: Coreper I and II
30 November - 1 December: Competitiveness Council

European Economic and Social Committee

29 November: Measuring EU progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Other Events

27 November: 6th  European Union - Africa Business Forum (Abidjan)
28 November: 5th African Union - European Union Summit (Abidjan)

28 November: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: from theory to practice

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European sugar is turning up in odd places. Production from the region’s beet farms is drawing buyers as far away as Haiti, once a major grower of cane in the Caribbean, and Sierra Leone in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s even shown up on the Pacific island of Pitcairn, one of the remotest abodes on Earth. Any demand is good news for producers such as Suedzucker AG, the world’s biggest, and main European rival Nordzucker AG as a supply glut has pushed white-sugar prices down 27 percent this year in London. That followed a European Union decision to end quotas on output and exports.

Cameroon exports an average of 300,000 tons of bananas per year to the European Union (EU), the new EU ambassador and head of delegation announced on Monday.According to Hans-Peter Schadek, who is increasing contacts with the Cameroonian authorities, partnership between the EU and Cameroon must be strengthen in several sectors of activity. On supporting the banana sector, he said, “that this is an important action that has been going on for some time and that has now reached a cruising speed of nearly 300,000 tons of bananas exported each year by Cameroon to the European Union market.”

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