Successor Cotonou Agreement must take into account Region’s vulnerabilities…

first_imgACP/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, 2020last_img read more

Tanzanian president urges ministers to ‘take advantage’ of refugee crises

first_imgTanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday urged his ministers to “take advantage” of refugee crises and make money by selling food to international aid organisations.The country hosts around 300 000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, largely in three camps in the north-west of the country, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.Speaking in Dar es Salaam, Magufuli celebrated the signing of a contract to deliver 36 000 tons of maize to the UN World Food Program (WFP) for around $9.1 million.“These funds are allocated to help our refugee friends from other countries in conflict, it is our duty to take advantage of them,” said Magufuli in Swahili, to laughter in the room.“We must take advantage of their problems. They fight at home and we get the money.”After his comments in front of ministers and WFP representatives led to some snickers and giggles, the president tried to qualify his words: “I do not say that I wish they fight, but if they fight, that their conflict is a source of profit for us.”“Because even if we do not give them food, they will fight. We do not want them to fight, but if they fight, let’s take advantage of it,” he clarified.Magufuli called on the agriculture ministry and other services to seize possible business opportunities.“The market is there: if the WFP even asks for 200 000 tons, hurry up and buy from producers and give to the WFP,” he said.Tanzania sold 31 000 tons of maize to the WFP in 2018, according to the agriculture ministry.Related Tanzanian president sacks two ministers in cabinet reshuffle Somali President Mohamud visits Dadaab refugee campcenter_img President Jacob Zuma appoints new ministers and deputy ministerslast_img read more

Indians SS Francisco Lindor Suffers Ankle Sprain, To Be Out Even Longer

first_imgWhile things seemed to be moving in a positive direction for Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, it looks like his return to the team’s roster will take longer than he wanted.The Tribe announced today that Lindor had sustained an acute left ankle sprain running the bases on Tuesday during a Minor League game. He did have an MRI, and it showed that he has a mild to moderate left ankle sprain.Lindor went down in early February with a moderate right calf strain, and has been rehabbing to get back on the field ever since.It’s not known exactly how long the new injury will keep him out of action, but for now it appears that Eric Stamets will be the teams’ shortstop moving forward. The hope was is that Lindor would be back April 4th on the teams’ roster ready to play, but now he’s got two injuries to recover from. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsfeaturedFrancisco LindorIndianscenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more