EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda

January 30, 2012

European Commission A range of proposals to make trade and development instruments work hand-in-hand to ensure real poverty reduction across the world are presented by the European Commission today. The proposals aim at reinforcing the trade capacities of developing countries by making trade part of their development strategy. Read the rest of this entry »


Africa Trade Forum 2011

November 25, 2011

AU On November 22-24, the African Trade Forum 2011 – ‘Accelerating Intra-African Trade and Enhancing Africa’s participation in Global Trade’ took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »


Official visit of Commissioner Piebalgs in Uganda to explore innovative financing for the agriculture sector

November 7, 2011

European Commission Tomorrow, 8 November, European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will arrive in Uganda for a two-day visit. Together with government and private sector representatives he will explore how to improve access to financing for small and medium enterprises in agriculture and the agribusiness through public-private partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »


Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day – Investing in Intra-Africa Trade for Food and Nutrition Security

October 31, 2011

AU The Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day with the theme Investing in Intra-Africa Trade for Food and Nutrition Security takes place 31st October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference is organized by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), and Co-Hosted by the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »


Partnership on Trade and Regional Integration – 13th Africa EU Joint Task Force Meeting

October 31, 2011

AU/EU 1. The co-chair regret that for the second time a formal Joint Expert Group meeting could not take place. Participation included officials from South Africa, ECCAS, Africa Union Commission (Departments of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, Economic Affairs), UNIDO and European Commission (Delegation, Agriculture, SANCO, Market, Development and Cooperation). Read the rest of this entry »


EPA Negotiations: The honeymoon is over…

October 11, 2011

ECDPM The European Commission (EC) finally announced today that countries that have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) but not taken the necessary steps to ratify and implement it would no longer benefit from the EPA market access to Europe as from 1st January 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


Rwandan small businesses to benefit from €8 million EIB funding

October 10, 2011

European Investment Bank / BRD Medium and long-term financing for small businesses in Rwanda is set to be transformed by a EUR 8 million European Investment Bank funding package signed today with the Banque Rwandaise de Développement. Read the rest of this entry »