EU citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid

The European Union (EU) and its 28 Member States together remain the world’s biggest aid donor: In 2013 they provided €56.5 billion in official development assistance – more than half of global official aid. The EU has long been a driving force for international cooperation, not only in providing financial support but also in . . . → Read More: EU citizens’ views on development, cooperation and aid

Africa and mega-trade deals

In the last two decades, negotiations to advance rules on international trade at the multilateral level, notably through the World Trade Organization (WTO), have become extremely difficult. There are several reasons for that:  . . . → Read More:  Africa and mega-trade deals  (PDF – 1,066Kb)

Africa – EU summit declaration

We, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union  (EU) and Africa , the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the African Union (AU) and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), met in Brussels on 2 – 3 April 2014. We took . . . → Read More: Africa – EU summit declaration

Africa-EU strategy implementation

The implementation of the JAES through the African-Europe Partnership shows that initial ambitious vision that drove it is still very much needed: a continent to continent political relation and joint action in all sectors beyond aid, as the main engine of and reference for any type of Africa-Europe dialogue.  The JAES as a political . . . → Read More: Africa-EU strategy implementation

Linking the Tokyo international conference on African development with the EU

A recent publication from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Africa begins with the headline “this is an age of dramatic and exciting change for Africa, with a population boom underway and many countries experiencing rapid economic growth. The years of stagnation and decline are a thing of the past, and a youthful . . . → Read More: Linking the Tokyo international conference on African development with the EU

What would it take to make an EPA economically and politically feasible for Europe and Africa?

Almost eleven years after the start of the negotiations, only a handful of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have concluded an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). Only the Caribbean region has signed a comprehensive regional EPA. For the other regions, negotiations have continued in a slow and protracted way, . . . → Read More: What would it take to make an EPA economically and politically feasible for Europe and Africa?

EU Conflict prevention, peace-building, and security issues

The Lisbon Treaty  has  -  for the first time  -  explicitly enshrined,  as  oneof the  objectives of  the  EU’s  external  action  “to  preserve  peace,  prevent  conflicts  and  strengthen international  security,  in  accordance  with  the  purposes  and  principles  of  the  United Nations  Charter  […]”1.  This  new  development  needs  also  to  be  seen  against  a  wider . . . → Read More: EU Conflict prevention, peace-building, and security issues

CABI final report on Cameroon pilot project on washed coffee

The 2011/2012 coffee campaign was initiated by ensuring that the all facilities for pulping and drying coffee were in good working order. This was undertaken through physical inspection of the equipment by the machine operators of each site under the supervision of the CABI Factory Engineer.  . . . → Read More:  CABI final . . . → Read More: CABI final report on Cameroon pilot project on washed coffee

GREAT Insights

Regional integration seems to be the name of the game these days. As the dynamics of the multilateral trade scene are fizzling out, regional trade agreements are multiplying at an unprecedented pace. A recognition of the reality that many national markets alone are simply too small, for selling products, attracting investment, stimulating . . . → Read More: GREAT Insights