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Jul 11

Inclusiveness and Connectivity Dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Inclusiveness and Connectivity Dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation

Event Overview

CTA is co-organising upon request of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat a side event in Geneva, on 11th July 2017 from 13.00-14.30 at the WTO Aid For Trade Conference in partnership with the Trade.Com programme and Coleacp and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

This roundtable on “The inclusiveness and connectivity dimensions of EU-ACP Trade and Development Cooperation” will discuss the development and trade opportunities for ACP countries to pursue greater and inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation; the policy and support interventions required for ACP countries to exploit Intra-ACP Connectivity and Inclusive Trade; the EU priorities in pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and Member States' Aid for Trade Strategy; and how the European External Investment Plan provides new prospects for an enhanced EU-ACP cooperation.

The structured EU–ACP trade and development cooperation arrangements has contributed to trade growth and development in the partner countries, by:

  • Enhancing the Productivity Agenda for industrialisation, trade expansion, diversification, and effective integration into the global economy;
  • Addressing effectively the key determinants of trade competitiveness and connectivity;
  • Promoting macroeconomic policies for inclusive growth, value addition and trade expansion; and
  • Harnessing the blue economy.

ACP countries’ greater integration into the EU and the global economy remains one of the key objectives. This provides greater impetus to the ACPs' sustained export expansion, effective penetration into the regional and global value chains, sustainable development, and effective negotiation of multilateral and regional trade agreements and implementation of these agreements for their benefit.

The update of the EU Aid for Trade Strategy aims precisely at enhancing the effectiveness and impact of Aid for Trade by linking it to investment and trade drivers such as the External Investment Plan and new Free Trade Agreements, and by addressing new realities of international trade.

Going forward, political commitment will be required to translate these trade and cooperation agendas into sound policy and modalities for effective implementation of the aid-for-trade commitments. As the ACP-EU partnerships demonstrate the huge gains attainable, ACP countries would, with the continued structured partnership with the European Union, endeavour to accelerate the pace of integration into the regional and global economies.


Panel discussion: In Pursuit of Greater and Inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Co-operation

Moderator
Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General Secretariat, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States or Axel Pougin de la Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, Private Sector and Trade-Directorate General for International cooperation and Development, European Commission (tbc)

Panelists
Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States ACP-EU Value Chains and Inclusive Connectivity

Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Tree in Ghana

Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council

In Pursuit of Enhanced and Inclusive ACP-EU Trade and Economic Cooperation

HE Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Head of the Mission of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the European Union, Co-President of ACP-EC Trade & Commodities Sub-Committee

ACP-EU Value Chains and Inclusive Connectivity

Ms Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Chief Executive Officer, Eden Tree in Ghana

Mrs Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Flower Council

Intra-ACP Quality Infrastructure Connectivity in Pursuit of Sustained CompetitivenessDr Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)

In Pursuit of Agenda 2030 — Updating the 2007 Joint EU and Member States' Aid for Trade Strategy

Mr Axel Pougin De La Maisonneuve, Deputy Head of Unit, Private Sector and Trade--EC’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

About WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. 

The Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 looks at the theme of "Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development". By addressing the supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure constraints of developing, and in particular least developed countries, Aid for Trade can help promote trade, inclusiveness and sustainable development – and so advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A particular focus will be placed on women's economic empowerment. 

Speakers

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the EU

Catherine Krobo-Edusei

Catherine Krobo-Edusei

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Founder, and Director, Eden Tree Limited

Jane Ngige

Jane Ngige

Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and CEO of the Kenya Horticultural Council

Hermogène Nsengimana

Hermogène Nsengimana

Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Trade Affairs Manager at European Commission

Moderators

Viwanou Gnassounou

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Speakers

Speakers

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the EU

Catherine Krobo-Edusei

Catherine Krobo-Edusei

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Founder, and Director, Eden Tree Limited

Jane Ngige

Jane Ngige

Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and CEO of the Kenya Horticultural Council

Hermogène Nsengimana

Hermogène Nsengimana

Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardisation

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Trade Affairs Manager at European Commission

Moderators

Viwanou Gnassounou

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Attendees

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  • Boto, Isolina

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

    Netherlands

Organisers

  • DG DEVCO

    The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.

  • ACP

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.

  • TradeCom II Programme

    The aim of the TradeCom II Programme is to “contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in ACP countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in the global economy”. The Programme’s implementation strategy aims to facilitate the integration of ACP countries in the global economy and value chains by improving their capacity to formulate and implement suitable trade policies and to strengthen their competitiveness. The aim is also to help ACP private sector to diversify their export base and markets through greater integration into the regional and global value chains. The overall strategy entails building and strengthening ACP trade capacity at national and regional levels through a combination of technical assistance and capacity building actions.

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • COLEACP

    The Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP) is a civil society organisation (CSO), established in 1973 by stakeholders in the international fruit and vegetable trade. COLEACP is a not-for-profit inter-professional association whose main purpose is to support the development of a sustainable and competitive agriculture and agribusiness.

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