ACP/EU Post Cotonou Negotiations: Towards the Finish LineBy Elizabeth Morgan With its conclusion delayed from 2019, the post Cotonou Negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU) was scheduled to conclude this March and reviewed at a meeting of the ACP Council. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the…June 17, 2020In “Indepth”Caribbean 2020 Foreign Trade Policy AgendaBy Elizabeth Morgan As work resumes, the Caribbean will have a full international trade policy agenda for 2020. As of January 1, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados assumed the Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for six months. St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues its year as Chair of…January 8, 2020In “CARICOM”CARIFORUM Ministers meet in Guyana todayThe Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) will be held in Georgetown, Guyana today, Thursday 17 March 2016 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Haiti, H.E. Lener Renauld. The Opening Ceremony,…March 17, 2016In “Guyana”Share this on WhatsApp EU AML/CFT Listing of Countries Among Priority Issues of… The successor agreement must, inter alia: The successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States and the European Union must take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) as critical elements in the negotiations. A Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers said that successor agreement also had to the take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions. The Council of Ministers met in St. Kitts and Nevis, 26-27 March, 2018. CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 take into account the inherent and exogenous vulnerabilities of CARIFORUM States as critical elements in these negotiations;secure continued access to development financing for CARIFORUM States;take into account the development priorities of the ACP, including CARIFORUM’s priorities, and must aim at sustainable, inclusive and resilient development of the ACP regions.CARIFORUM States will remain actively engaged in the ACP preparatory process leading up to the adoption of the ACP negotiating mandate. Statement of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 26, 2020 CARIFORUM States share common values and common interests with the African and Pacific States of the ACP Group and remain committed to further building the partnership with the EU. Short-Term Digital Transformation Plan to be Ready by July… Jun 18, 2020 The successor agreement must be a legally binding agreement built on the acquis and negotiated with the EU at the all- ACP level. In this regard, CARIFORUM has agreed its negotiating positions within the context of the ACP negotiating framework. Oct 16, 2020 With my #CARIFORUM Colleagues in St.Kitts for critical discussions on #Brexit and #ACP #PostCotonou pic.twitter.com/D8aQCrEbES— Hon. Kamina J Smith (@kaminajsmith) March 27, 2018 At the opening ceremony, CARIFORUM Director General, Mr. Percival Marie, said that the meeting was timely and extremely vital. “The meeting is held at a crucial time when post Cotonou negotiations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of States and the European Union are about to commence. This meeting is also held when the European Union and the United Kingdom are in discussions on the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union,” said the Director General. “We are also in discussion with the United Kingdom in a rollover agreement between the Caribbean region and the United Kingdom to ensure that there is a smooth transition without any loss of trading opportunities between the Caribbean and the United Kingdom when the United Kingdom would have left the European Union,” he added. You may be interested in… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Please see Statement below: THE CARIFORUM COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING IN SPECIAL SESSION IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS ON THE 26th and 27th MARCH 2018: RECOGNISING the changing global context in which negotiations for the successor to Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the ACP and the European Union will take place; FURTHER RECOGNISING the fundamental importance and relevance of recent global agreements including Agenda 2030, the Paris Declaration on Climate Change and International Agreements on development financing; AFFIRMED THAT: The Intra ACP and ACP-EU relationships are important, meaningful and valuable for CARIFORUM States. Oct 9, 2020
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. yesterday announced the retirement of two senior executives and additionally announced a series of key leadership changes to further strengthen Ford’s management team and support the company’s “One Ford” transformation plan. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Peter Daniel, 62, senior vice president and controller, Ford Motor Co., is retiring effective Oct. 1, after 38 years with Ford. Daniel joined Ford in 1971 and has held finance positions in numerous markets, including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil. Prior to his current assignment, he served as controller of the Americas and president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. Darryl Hazel, 61, senior vice president and president, Ford Customer Service Division, is retiring after 37 years with the company. He will serve as a special adviser to Ford on global service initiatives through the end of the year. Hazel joined Ford in 1972 and served in several senior level marketing, sales and service roles, including president of Lincoln Mercury division and president of Ford division. He has been in his current position since 2006. Succeeding Daniel will be Bob Shanks, 56, who currently is vice president and controller of Ford’s Americas operations. Shanks becomes vice president and controller, Ford Motor Co., on Sept. 1. He will report to Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice president and chief financial officer, and will work with Daniel to ensure a seamless transition. Shanks has been a corporate officer of Ford since July 2004, when he was elected vice president, Operations Support, Finance and Strategy, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group (PAG). Prior to that assignment, Shanks served as chief financial officer for PAG, as well as for Mazda Motor Corp. In addition to other finance positions within Ford’s North America, South America and Asia Pacific and Africa operations, he led the business development activities in Ford’s Asia Pacific operations.Advertisement Dave Schoch, 58, currently head of Canada, Mexico and South America, will become controller, the Americas, effective Sept. 1. Schoch has held several key finance roles within Ford’s global operations, including chief financial officer of both Ford of Europe and Ford Asia Pacific. Schoch will report to Mark Fields, Ford’s president, the Americas, in his new role. Jim Farley, 47, group vice president, Global Marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations, will continue his role as Ford’s global marketing leader, reporting to Alan Mulally. Effective Sept. 1, he adds leadership of Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America, reporting to Fields. Concurrent with Farley’s expanded operational role, Ray Day, vice president, communications, now will report to Mulally. Ken Czubay, 60, is appointed to the expanded role of vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. He now reports to Fields. Reporting to Czubay and succeeding Hazel will be Frederiek Toney, who is elected vice president, Ford Customer Service Division and a corporate officer of Ford Motor Co., effective Sept. 1. Toney, 53, joined Ford in 2000 after a career at Caterpillar and Honda. He has served as director, North American logistics, FCSD; director, North American operations, Material Planning and Logistics; and director, global parts supply and logistics, FCSD. He was named to his current position, executive director, Material Planning and Logistics in November 2005.
When Breath Becomes AirPaul KalanithiThe Bodley HeadReview: Chantel ErfortThere’s nothing quite as sad as reading a book, knowing from the get-go, that the main protagonist is going to die.But before you get upset with me for revealing this, don’t worry: it doesn’t ruin one word of the story. Instead, it makes every moment spent reading this book, all the more special, with the reader being given an intimate look into a life coming to an end. And as the writer opts to focus on life instead of his impending death, so too, does he lure the reader away from obsessing over whether his death will come on this page, or the next, or the next.The protagonist in question is the writer himself, Paul Kalanithi, a brilliant young neurosurgery specialist in the final years of his residency, who penned When Breath Becomes Air in the final years of his life.Paul was in his prime as a medical professional, young, married and in love, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.As skilled with the English language as he was with his medical instruments, Paul tells a deeply touching tale of a doctor who suddenly finds the shoe on the other foot, having to learn to be patient – and a patient – and to entrust decisions no man should have to make about his own life, to his doctor.Having recently had someone close to me undergo several neurosurgical procedures, I have found myself seeking out books on the topic, hungry to understand how so much can go wrong when the brain is affected – and what drives the men and women who specialise in a kind of surgery so delicate. While in Do No Harm, David Marsh, a surgeon at the end of his career, was able to look back at his younger self with a sense of confidence and critically assess the mistakes he had made, Paul writes with the passion and urgency of a young doctor pursuing his life’s dream with the acute knowledge that it may soon escape his grasp.He writes with tenderness about his relationship with his wife Lucy, with the relationship between them almost taking on a life of its own and becoming a character in its own right.A scholar of both literature and medicine, Paul’s reflections on his illness and neurosurgery are philosophical and insightful.When Breath Becomes Air is beautifully written, uncluttered by dramatic descriptions of, or unnecessary build-ups to, life-changing events. Paul’s writing is sincere and his style of storytelling, gentle. And when he finally slipped away, though the moment was understated, I truly felt sad but all the richer for having read this remarkable man’s reflections on death and the true meaning of life.