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Sigh of relief as Europe gives East Africa four months to sign EPA

The European parliament extended the deadline to withdraw Kenya’s preferential market access to the EU market to February 2, 2017 after the country signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), demonstrating its commitment to the trade pact. However, The East African has learnt that it is unlikely that Tanzania will relax its hardline stance during the three months and the EAC Council of Ministers is considering a proposal for variable geometry, where member states would be allowed to sign the agreement at different times.

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Labour conditions in ACP countries: Ongoing projects

From large farms to small plots, working conditions, even for children, are often harsh and dangerous – accidents, health problems related to the misuse of pesticides, environmental pollution. Improvements will require increased ratification of International Labour Organization conventions, stricter legal frameworks, and implementation of policies and programmes to ensure adequate protection for agricultural workers.

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ACP media competition on ICTs for agriculture

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in collaboration with its national, regional and international partners announces the launch of the 2013 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) media competition on Information and Communications Technologies for Agriculture (ICT4ag).

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ACP Small island economies: from vulnerabilities to opportunities

The United Nations currently classifies 52 countries and territories as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It is a diverse group with more than 50 million people, 43 of them located in the Caribbean and the Pacific regions. Tomorrow, the Brussels Development Briefings co-organised by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural cooperation (CTA) will be focused on ACP Small island economies.
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Agriculture: Job creation and rural growth

The next Brussels development briefing (14 september) organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the EU Commission, will focus on the main challenges involved in rural transformation processes by sharing different perspectives on rural transformation processes across continents. It will also focus on rural employment and rural labour markets needed to create growth and economic development.

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