The European Business Council for Africa

ECDPM's weekly update on EU - Africa relations and international cooperation 

It’s a very busy week here in Brussels. On the same day European leaders are meeting to discuss – and hopefully agree on – how the UK will exit the Union, Bill Gates is in town to convince them to stop navel-gazing and look right next door at the African continent.

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The Week of 5 – 12 October 2018

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Remember when we talked about indigenous vegetables some time ago? To explain why they are more important than you might think, we have produced a short documentary, shot during our last visit to Kenya. Francis, a small-scale farmer we interviewed, gave us three compelling reasons why he decided to cultivate indigenous vegetables: food security, nutritional value and the preservation of important traditions. But why is it still so difficult then to have this type of food on the dinner table of most Kenyans?

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Just south of Kenya, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) starts. Also this regional economic community has compelling reasons to develop common strategies to help its industrialisation processes. Nonetheless, some member states have developed national policies at the expense of their SADC neighbours. Bruce Byiers uses his political economy lens to get a better picture.

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And finally, do not forget to register and attend our Brexit seminar this Thursday if you happen to pass by or live in Dublin. Details below.

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The Week of 28 September – 5 October 2018

 

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The Week of 21 – 28 September 2018

Statement: Venezuela
Commentary: Iran, U.S./Yemen, Syria
Newly Translated: Syria, Korean Peninsula
Speech: Syria
Interviews: International Day of Peace, UN General Assembly
Events: In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner, Europe and its Neighbourhood
In The News: U.S./Iran, Bolivia, UN, Cameroon, Myanmar, Israel/Palestine, Somalia, Yemen
Careers: New York, Syria, DR Congo/Burundi

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The Week of 14 – 21 September 2018

Reports: East Africa
Statements: Syria, Cameroon
Media Release: Crisis Group Welcomes Three New Trustees to its Board
Commentary: Yemen, Korean Peninsula, U.S., Venezuela, Israel/Palestine 
Interviews: Venezuela, U.S., Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, Libya 
Video: A Conversation with Frank Giustra 
Upcoming Events: In Pursuit of Peace, Europe and its Neighbourhood 
Quotes: Syria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe
Careers: Europe & Central Asia, New York, Syria, DR Congo/Burundi

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The Week of 7 – 14 September 2018

Report: U.S. 
Commentary: Syria/Russia
Media Release: New Partnership with UK's Smart Peace Initiative
Interviews: Russia/China, Syria, Venezuela, Korean peninsula
Video: A Conversation with Ayo Obe
Upcoming Events: In Pursuit of Peace, Europe and its Neighbourhood 
In The News: Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Russia, Syria, 
Careers: Europe & Central Asia, New York, Syria, DR Congo/Burundi

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The Week of 31 August – 7 September 2018

CrisisWatch: August/September Edition, The President's Take 
Report: Syria 
Briefing: Syria 
Commentary: Yemen, Afghanistan, South Africa
Newly Translated: Myanmar
Interviews: Yemen, Libya 
Video: A Conversation with Alexander Soros 
Upcoming Event: In Pursuit of Peace 
In The News: Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria
Careers: Europe and Central Asia, New York, Syria, London

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