- Background: On 07-08 June, CTA collaborated with various international organisations on five events at The European Development Days 2017 in Brussels. Topics discussed at the events included: promoting inclusive trade in Africa, youth in agribusiness.
- Over the space of two days, CTA brought to the forefront of the development community the most pressing issues affecting the future of agriculture and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Summary of Day 1 - 7th June 2017
- The session's speakers were:
Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic, Republic of Mauritius (video contribution)
Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Former Vice-President & Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Masego Marobela, Managing Director, Botswana Bureau of Standards
and it was moderated by Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat
- Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic, Republic of Mauritius, opened the session with a comprehensive overview of the opportunities and challenges faced by the ACP group in the context of trade and development
- Roberto Ridolfi, emphasised how the EU can work with the ACP group to enable them to enhance opportunities from trade and sustainable development:
- Pamela Coke-Hamilton was keen to use the example of the Caribbean to emphasise the importance of regional cooperation, intra-ACP collaboration and economic diversification