The European Business Council for Africa

This week’s Compass is predominantly about the economy on the African continent. That is, job creation, trade, markets and barriers.

A rapier not a blunderbuss: Why the EU must do better in supporting African job creation

By 2035, Sub-Saharan Africa needs to create more than 320 million jobs to accommodate young labour market entrants, a mammoth task it will not be able to cope by itself. The European Think Tanks Group explores ways in which the EU can help African countries to create jobs and meet the SDGs.
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Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS: Building bridges or rocking the boat?

Only two months after its re-admission to the African Union, Morocco announced its bid to join the West African regional organisation ECOWAS. But while the final decision has been postponed, there are some who question whether Morocco should join at all.

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Lessons from promoting market access for Beninese value chain actors to Nigerian markets

The ‘Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin‘ (ACMA) programme aims to increase food security and enhance the incomes of smallholder farmers and other value chain actors in the Republic of Benin by access to agricultural markets, particularly in Nigeria. The paper presents concrete measures to develop sustainable and inclusive regional value chains and intra-regional trade for the benefit of all actors.

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The Week of 9 – 16 February 2018

Commentary: Turkey, MENA Region, Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2018, El Salvador, Syria, Israel/Syria

Interviews: Israel/Syria, Middle East, Guatemala, Syria, Colombia, Iraq

Videos: Turkey, Korean Peninsula

In Memoriam: Asma Jahangir

Upcoming Event: Conflicts to Watch in 2018: A New World Disorder?

Crisis Group In the News: Israel/Syria, Korean Peninsula, Cameroon, Guatemala, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Nigeria

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The Week of 2 – 9 February 2018

Report: Syria

Briefing: Syria

Newly Translated Report: Vigilantes in Africa

Commentary: Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia, Tunisia

Interviews: 10 Conflicts to Watch, Syria, Vigilante Groups, Iran, Sri Lanka, Russia, Korean Peninsula, Israel/Palestine, Colombia, South Africa, U.S.

Videos: Syria, 10 Conflicts to Watch

Upcoming Event: Conflicts to Watch in 2018: A New World Disorder?

Quotes: Afghanistan, Korean Peninsula, Syria, Colombia, Yemen, Kenya, Eastern Neighbourhood, Cameroon, Zimbabwe

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EU financing and private investments: Time for a quantum leap

Negotiations on the future of EU finances after 2020 are a unique occasion to reconsider the financial instruments of the European Union, for both internal and external actions. San Bilal argues that the upcoming challenge, to reach the SDGs on a tighter budget under a new MFF, will have to shift the focus to better leverage private finance.

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The Week of 26 January – 2 February 2018

Watch List: Watch List 2018
CrisisWatch: January 2018
Report: Turkey
Statement: Kenya
Newly Translated Reports: Tunisia, Iran
Commentary: Iran, U.S., El Salvador, Syria, Yemen
Interviews: Mali
Upcoming Events: 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018, Turkey's Syrian Refugees, The 10 Most Dangerous Conflicts in the World
Quotes: Syria, Congo, Afghanistan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Lebanon, African Union, Cameroon

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Charting the course to 2020: Fundamental choices for the negotiation of a future ACP-EU partnership

Negotiations for the future of ACP-EU relations are due to start later this year. Policymakers will have to make important decisions on the core features of a future partnership. Between now and 2020, several internal and external negotiations coincide that will define the future shape of EU foreign relations. How to redesign a future ACP-EU agreement with regional partnerships in this context? What are the fundamental political choices to be made in the upcoming negotiations?

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The Week of 19 – 26 January 2018

Media Release: Giustra Fellows
Impact Note: Burkina Faso
Interviews: Global
Upcoming Events: 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018, The 10 Most Dangerous Conflicts in the World, Can We Prevent Tomorrow's Violent Extremism? 
Quotes: Kenya
Careers: New York

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How might the EU-ACP relationship change after the UK’s Brexit?

Brexit will definitely have a strong impact on the relation between the EU and the ACP countries, in particular the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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The Week of 12 – 19 January 2018

Newly Translated Report: Maghreb
Briefing: African Union
Commentary: Nagorno-Karabakh, Tunisia
Interviews: Burkina Faso, 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018, Mali
Upcoming Events: 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018
Quotes: Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Egypt
Careers: New York

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A chance to get it right -

Challenges for Africa-Europe relations in 2018

The year 2018 presents a once-in-a-decade chance for Europe and Africa to arrive at a more coherent partnership, bridging the political, institutional and financial limitations of the frameworks that now regulate their cooperation, such as the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and the ACP group of countries, and the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. Policymakers will also make a number of key decisions on Brexit, the next EU budget and the financing of the African Union. A window of opportunity opens for Africa and Europe to get it right - will they seize it?

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