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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

With the quotas for the production and export of sugar coming to an end on 30 September, the European Union, which until now was a net importer of sugar, is poised to become an exporter. African producers, already facing very low prices, will have to deal with this new competition. Since 30 September, there is no longer a limit on the production or export of sugar within the European Union. The decision, taken by Brussels in mid-2014 as part of its reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, is not without consequences for African countries, whose local production will have to compete with European sugar.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

ACP Secretariat

16-18 October: ACP Senior Trade Officials and ACP Regional Organisations “Follow-up” Group on EPA negotiations and implementation
18-19 October: 20th Ministerial Trade Committee
20 October: 15th Joint Ministerial Trade Committee and Ministerial Roundtable

European Commission

20 October: Putting partnership into practice: Making the best of the toolbox to promote investment in ACP countries, to connect value chains and industrialise

European Parliament

16-19 October: European Parliament Committee Meetings

European Council

16 October: Foreign Affairs Council
16-19 October: Young European Council
17 October: Competitiveness Council
17 October: General Affairs Council
19 October: Coreper I
19-20 October: European Council

Other Events

17 October: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Putting the spotlight on small-scale women farmers
19 October: InfoPoint Lunchtime Conference - Migration policy-making

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A diverse collection of food and beverage producers from the Caribbean descended upon the world’s leading food fair ANUGA in Cologne, Germany in October. The leading food fair attracts some 7000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and close to 200,000 visitors, was home to eight producers from the Caribbean under the Caribbean Kitchen pavilion facilitated by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export). “Food and drinks is such an integral part of Caribbean culture which continues to be in high demand from the European markets. The firms selected to exhibit at this years’ ANUGA exemplify the quality and innovation needed to be successful exporters” highlighted Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export.

As part of its effort to have access to United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union markets, Botswana’s investment arm, the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has launched a crusade to exploit the overseas market. The Executive Director for BITC’s International Business in the EU, Moemedi Mokgosi revealed that incumbent and potential exporters who are interested in exporting to the United Kingdom and European Union market have been invited to submit their updated company profiles. Mokgosi explained that the information in the documents should reflect products, scale of operation, location of operation countries of interest within the EU and key contact details for profiling and matchmaking. BITC through its export department is mandated to facilitate exports of locally manufactured goods and services into regional and international markets. Mokgosi said although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head for 25,000 Euro for its 500 million consumers.

The Embassy of Dominica in Brussels (member of the Embassies of the Eastern Caribbean States) is working closely with the EU Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), to trigger the EU’s emergency response system to assist Dominica by providing both monetary and material aid for hurricane relief. The European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) is providing EC$806,000 (250,000 Euros) in emergency humanitarian aid to Dominica, following the severe destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island on Sep. 19.

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