1. If you are a producer in an ACP country and you want to export your products to the EU you might want to know that there exists a free online service from the European Commission- The Export Helpdesk- which can give you valuable information on:
    - which are the requirements applying in EU for your product
    - the maximum residual levels of pesticides
    - traceability
    - what should be on the label
    -how to market the coffee.
    - import tariffs for coffee, and the preferential arrangement applying
    - trade flows (ex: which countries in Europe are buying already your product)
    - authorities and international organizations in trade operations and trade promotion

    Watch the CTA Brussels video with Ines Escudero Sanchez, Export Helpdesk coordinator to find out more about the this service.

    Topics:
    - The Export Helpdesk service description
    - The trends in the data usage
    - Additional activities to support export to the EU

    The Export Helpdesk is a free online service, offered by the Directorate General for Trade, to inform business in developing countries on how to export to the European Union. It aims to facilitate market access in particular for developing countries to the European Union.

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  2. Le novembre dernier la Commission européenne a signé un accord de coopération avec l’Organisation régionale africaine de la propriété industrielle (ARIPO) visant à améliorer la protection des produits agricoles traditionnels (les indications géographiques dites « IG ») en Afrique.
    Les objectifs de cet accord et la situation des indications géographiques (IG) en Afrique sont expliqués dans la vidéo avec Francis Fay: Chef d'Unité adjoint - l'Unité ‘ACP, Afrique du Sud, FAO et G8’, Directorat-General pour l'Agriculture et development rural de la Commission Européenne.

    Sujets :
    - L’objectif du système des IG
    - La situation actuelle des IG en Afrique
    - Le système ARIPO (organisation régionale africaine de la propriété intellectuelle) pour la protection des IG
    - L’accord CE-ARIPO

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  3. Au niveau de l’UE, des discussions sont en cours dans le but de promouvoir les marchés publics comme un outil pour encourager les considérations de développement durable (comme par ex. : le commerce équitable). Aucune restriction (par ex. : critères de réciprocité) ne devrait toutefois être placée sur l’accès aux marchés des producteurs du commerce équitable. De plus, les décideurs politiques devraient établir des contrats d’aide à la coopération et au développement fournissant un soutien à l’industrie locale et ne pas leur imposer l’obligation de s’approvisionner uniquement auprès des entreprises européennes.
    Ces développements sont expliqués dans la vidéo avec Sergi Corbalàn, le directeur exécutif du Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO).

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  4. In November last year, the European Commission signed a cooperation agreement with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to help improve the protection of traditional agricultural products (geographical indications or "GIs”) in the 18 ARIBO member countries- Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    In a conversation with CTA Brussels, Francis Fay, Deputy Head of Unit “ACP, South Africa, FAO, and G8/G20”, at the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission presented the objective of this agreement and the situation of GIs in Africa.

    Subjects:
    - The scope and purpose of an geographical indications (GIs) protection system (in Africa)
    - The different ways the protection of GIs is regulated in Africa
    - The details of the EC- ARIPO
    - The role of the EU and the EC in the protection of GIs in Africa

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  5. At the EU level discussion are undergoing to promote Public Procurement as a tool for the encouragement (and not restriction) of sustainable development considerations (as fair trade). However, no restrictions (e.g.: reciprocity criteria) should be placed on the access on the markets of Fair trade producers. Also, policy makers should develop Development and Cooperation Aid contracts that can provide support to the local industry, and not bind them to the obligation to procure only from European companies.

    These developments are explained in the video with Sergi Corbalán, the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO).

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