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Thursday, 26 April 2018

If nothing changes, fruit and vegetables from Cameroon could soon be banned from the European market, because of their questionable quality and in particular due to shortcomings in the national sanitary and phytosanitary monitoring systems. “Many elements required to meet international and European Union standards are currently missing from this system. There are significant weaknesses in its organisation and implementation, undermining its overall efficiency.

Agri-Vie, a private investment fund focused on food and the food industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, and Norfund, the Norwegian investment fund for developing countries, have jointly invested $17 million in Marginpar Flower Group Holdings, a company specialised in the sale of flowers in East Africa. Herman Marais, the co-founder of Agri-Vie, which includes among its backers the private equity arm of South African insurer Sanlam, said the aim of the investment was to provide sustainable support for the growth of Marginpar, which operates in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and even Zimbabwe.

Less than a week after the accreditation of its permanent chargé d’affaires, on Monday, the Belgian diplomatic mission in Niamey unveiled its brand new coat of arms at its diplomatic mission, a sign of the improved relations and cooperation between Niamey and Brussels. According to the new chargé d’affaires, Pierre Charlier, the unveiling of the coat of arms and new door plaques, which follows the presentation of his credentials to the Niger authorities, upgrades the Belgian representation to the level of an embassy, and is evidence of Belgium’s interest in Niger.

The discussion and inputs resulting from the 5th Annual SEforALL Africa Workshop will flow into the strategic work areas of the SEforALL Africa Hub and the National SEforALL Secretariats.More than 750 leaders from government, business, civil society and international organizations will gather from 2nd to 4th to May 2018 in Lisbon for the 4TH SEforALL Forum with the title: “Leaving No One Behind”. The Forum will examine the latest data on progress — or lack of — in achieving SDG7 goals. A highlight will be the launch of the 2018 Global Tracking Framework report, which benchmarks annual progress towards achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling renewable energy and improving energy efficiency by 2030.

The 53rd International Sugar Organization Council Conference will be held in Addis Ababa from June 25-28 this year. Ethiopian Sugar Corporation which was selected Chair of the International Council for 2018 at the last conference held in London 2017 made the announcement today. Ethiopian Sugar Corporation Communication Director Gashaw Aychiluhem told ENA that the nation will benefit from hosting the international conference.

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