EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 07 MARCH

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 07 MARCH
07 Mar 2019

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 07 MARCH

Brussels Daily

Africa-Europe Alliance: The European Commission is committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

The Task Force for Rural Africa today presented its final report, which aims to be a program for the agri-food and rural sector for the new “Africa-Europe Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Investments“, unveiled by the President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union speech in 2018. Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “Agriculture and rural development policy is the way forward in EU-Africa political cooperation. The Rural Africa Task Force is at the center of this work. Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said, “This is a very important day for the Africa-Europe Alliance. It is now up to us to unite, to respond to these valuable recommendations and to develop solutions that can meet all of our expectations: a positive rural transformation and an inclusive and sustainable agriculture and agri-food sector. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Agriculture of the African Union (AU) said: “The Task Force Report recognizes the new reality of Africa and Europe as global partners on a global footing. equality. It demonstrates that farmers and the food industry should work hand in hand to seize the new opportunities that the African Continental Free Trade Area will offer and also to build the regional markets necessary for Africa’s long-term food security. . Launched in May 2018 by the European Commission, the Task Force was created to provide advice on strengthening the Africa-Europe partnership in food and agriculture. The European Commission will monitor and implement several actions recommended by this group, including the immediate launching of a twinning and exchange program between African and European agricultural organizations; an AU-EU platform for agri-business; and innovation centers to support African agro-entrepreneurs. A press release is online along with the full report and a visual fact sheet. The press briefing by Commissioner Hogan, Commissioner Sacko and Tom Arnold, the chairman of the Task Force, which took place this morning is visible online. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: + 32 229 56185, Clémence Robin – Tel .: +32 229 52509)

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