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African fruit growers organizing to better access EU markets

A new pan-African fruit industry association, Afruibana, gathering fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, was officially launched this week in Brussels. Open to African fruit and vegetable farmers, the new platform seeks to put in place strategies to improve the sector’s competitiveness and increase the access of African products to the […]

EU Pledges to Protect Farm Accord & Partnership with Morocco

The EU has vowed to take the necessary measures to protect the farm accord and partnership sealed with Morocco, affirming that the accord was not endangered by an EU court ruling. The commitment was made by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during a meeting held Tuesday with […]

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Morocco Would Seek Alternative Partnerships if EU Fails its Commitments

Morocco has warned the European Union against the negative repercussions that failure to implement the bilateral farm deal may entail and said it would seek alternative partnerships if the EU does not honour its commitments towards the Kingdom and thus draw a new trade map. The European Union must ensure the necessary framework in order […]

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EU Releases €28.7 Additional Emergency Assistance in Africa, Asia

With the humanitarian situation drastically deteriorating in a number of countries and regions, the EU announced it is releasing an urgent assistance to prevent critical consequences, in the Maghreb, Africa and Asia. A total of additional €28.7 million have been allocated to respond swiftly to the most urgent humanitarian needs, said the European Commission in […]

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Mauritius Island’s Trade Deficit Expands 25% in October

Mauritius’ trade deficit expanded 25 percent in October from the same period a year earlier, the statistics office said. The value of exports fell 14.9 percent to 6.60 billion rupees, with manufactured goods dropping to 2.23 billion rupees from 2.93 billion rupees in October last year. Imports rose 3.2 percent to 14.82 billion rupees, Statistics […]

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Gabon: EU Report Questions Legitimacy of August Vote

The European Union on Monday called into question the outcome of August presidential election in Gabon which saw President Ali Bongo re-elected. In a report released on Monday, the EU points out to anomalies which occurred during the vote count, notably in Bongo’s stronghold of Haut-Ogooue. “Our observation highlighted significant weaknesses in the electoral process, […]

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EU Inks Deal with Mali over Illegal Migrants

The European Union signed an agreement with the aimed at enabling the return of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected. A statement from the Dutch foreign ministry, which signed the agreement on the EU’s behalf, noted that “it is the first time the EU establishes such a precise mechanism with an African country with […]

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Polls open in Gambia with Jammeh in bid for fifth term

Polls open in The Gambia with Jammeh in bid for fifth term. 886, 578 voters are expected at 1,422 polling stations in 53 constituencies in the seven administrative regions of The Gambia to cast their ballots to elect the next president of the country whose population is around 1.9 million. There are three candidates running […]

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Brussels: Norway pledges $5.5m aid support to CAR

Norway’s Foreign Affairs Chief, Borge Brende in a statement on Thursday, announced additional aid funds of estimated $5.5 million to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of a donor support conference led by the European Union (EU) in the Belgian capital, Brussels. According to Borge Brende “it was important for the international community to […]

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Tunisia: EU increases financial support to Tunisia

The European Union (EU) adopted the Joint Communication “Strengthened EU Support for Tunisia” Thursday with a financial budget of up to €300 million in 2017 as part of the continental bloc’s commitment to the country’s democratic transition faced with critical challenges. EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice-President of the European Commission, […]

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