EU Approves 6.5B Euros for Trade in West Africa, Liberia Included

first_imgThe European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced the decision of the European Council to provide at least 6.5 billion euros for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa during the period 2015 – 2020.The funds will greatly enhance trade and investment flow to 16 West African countries, including Liberia, thereby contributing to their development, sustainable growth and poverty reduction.The provision of the funds by the European Council, according to a statement, is an essential element of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiated with West Africa, and will provide funding for projects linked to trade, industry, transport and energy infrastructure in the region, as well as through support to civil society.In approving the funds, the European Council noted that “the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is an important step for the partnership between West Africa and the European Union (EU), in coherence with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, for sustainable economic development that can benefit the West African population including its poorest segments.”The European Council, in addition, welcomed the efforts and progress which West African countries and regional institutions have made to foster regional integration, stating it recalls the fundamental role of regional integration as being instrumental in securing peace, stability and sustainable economic development, as well as its political commitment in support of aid for trade and to mobilise financial flows.According to the press release, this substantial new commitment from the European Commission and the EU Member States, demonstrates the EU’s continuous support to West Africa’s regional integration, which is the most advanced of the African continent.European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, and Karel De Gucht, for Trade policy, have meanwhile welcomed the decision of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, confirming new EU support of at least €6.5 billion for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa.Commissioner Piebalgs said: “EU’s commitment responds to the needs expressed by West Africa and will allow the region to take advantage of all the opportunities of the Economic Partnership Agreement. The implementation of the EPA will be instrumental in creating favourable conditions to boost trade in the region and stimulate growth and job creation. The development of the region will also contribute to increase peace and stability in West Africa.”In 2010, the EU already pledged to provide €6.5 billion to support the PAPED for the period 2010-2014. This pledge was eventually increased and the EU has funded projects worth €8.2 billion (through the European instruments, Member States’ bilateral cooperation and the European Investment Bank). BackgroundThe region of West Africa1 includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Mauritania.In the Foreign Affairs Council’s conclusions, the European Union acknowledges the importance of the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) developed by West Africa during the negotiations of the EPA between the 16 states in the region and the European Union.The PAPED has five objectives including promoting diversification and growth in production capacity; development of trade within the region and improved access to internal markets; improvement and reinforcement of regional and national infrastructure linked to trade; fiscal, social and economic reforms, and other trade-related issues; implementation of EPA monitoring and evaluation.The PAPED is an essential step in the process towards the implementation of the future EPA. Also, the EPA represents a new kind of partnership between West Africa and the EU in the sense that although it is a trade agreement, it has a specific development objective. It is designed to strengthen West-African economies via the production and export of a wider range of goods, and by increasing trade between the countries in the region.The negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between West Africa and the European Union have recently been concluded and endorsement at political level is expected in due course.Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific regions engaged in a regional economic integration process. The EPAs were put in place to help ACP countries integrate into the world economy and share in the opportunities offered by globalisation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Quickly Turn Your Blog Into an Android App with Feed.nu

first_imgLooking for a quick and easy way to get an app into the Android Market, but don’t have the time, skills, or money to develop one? Feed.nu can help.The site offers a way for you to make your own app, ready for the Market, in just a few minutes. Once you sign up for a Feed.nu account and upload your feed info, you’re able to download a .apk that you can, in turn, upload to the Android Market. That step requires an Android Market developer account (and that will set you back $25), and honestly, it seems to take more time to get your screenshots and high-resolution icons in order for the Market application and upload than it does to actually use the Feed.nu tool. You can blog directly into the Feed.nu interface (it’s simply a hosted WordPress blog), and edit your posts there, should you choose. As it’s based on your RSS feed, the app will update as you update your blog.It’s still in beta, but it’s a fully-functioning beta, so check it out. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement audrey watterslast_img read more

Bill Nighy To Take Part In Nordoff Robbins Carol Service

first_imgIt’s the most wonderful time of the year… every December music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins hosts a magical evening of Christmas carols, celebrity readings and sparkling musical performances at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea.In 2015, they are welcoming back actor Bill Nighy, who will once again read for them, with more guest readers and performers to be announced soon.The service in 2014 saw Bill Nighy, Anneka Rice, Dame Eileen Atkins, Kit Harington, Gary Kemp and Jessie Buckley all give festive readings. Guests were also treated to festive performances from Rebecca Ferguson of X Factor fame and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack.This event is always one of the most popular events in Nordoff Robbins’ fundraising calendar, bringing together family, friends and supporters in a celebration of music. When: Tuesday 15th December 2015
Where: St Luke’s Church, Chelsea
Cost: £45For info and tickets, contact Nordoff Robbins here.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on WCTV HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office HoursState Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Senior Center and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.#4) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Wilmington Masonic Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Gas cylinder blast at school compound kills 1

first_imgA destroyed rickshaw-van is seen at the Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamA man was killed and several people, including students, were injured after a gas cylinder exploded at Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College compound in Mirpur 1 area of the capital on Friday morning.Deceased Siddique, 60, was a balloon vendor.Balloons scattered after the explosion at the Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamWitnesses said Siddique was selling gas-filled balloons near a temporary platform set up for the annual sports competition at the school compound.At a stage, the gas cylinder went off with a big bang around 8:00am, leaving Siddique and several others injured.One of the several injured students of Dhaka Education Board Laboratory School and College ground in Mirpur 1, Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Ashraful AlamFatally injured Siddique was taken to Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital where physicians declared him dead on arrival, said Selimuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Darus Salam police station.Wife of deceased balloon vendor cries at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Zahidul KarimThe injured students were treated Delta Hospital, he added.last_img read more