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Japan-Belgium relations strengthened by wonderful Japan Night in Brussels.

Japan-Belgium relations were strengthened by an exceptional event yesterday in Brussels in which high level brussels brand stores of Louise district and surroundings. were involved

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The opening took place in présende many personalities of Brussels life and political life around a traditional saké. A fashionable cocktail with lots of bubbles, given   by Le Chatelain Hotel Boutique started this evening of fun, joy, intresting discoveries. The 5 stars boutique Hotel had put its staff and expertise to the service of this beautiful organization.

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Top brand stores  gave us a magical evening where bubbles were combined with tradition, high level and lifestyle.

There was a positive atmosphere of getting to know eachother and the products  of the stores around champagne and delicious canapés.

Socialites an people from politics mixed tin a top atmosphere

Socialites an people from politics mixed tin a t1²op atmosphere

An event like this  is beneficial to high level business contact but also to  the Belgian-Japanese trade relations as a delegation of businessmen came to Brussels and business contacts took place in the cosy and comfortable Chatelain Boutique Hotel to establish a japanse,.

Versace, Ferragamo, Armani and many others like  BMW offered the public an evening of meetings, an evening where they found

old friends, an evening of intimacy with all those who love the bubbles, the art of living, the luxury and beautiful things.

Certainly a great achievement for this first BRUSSELS JAPAN NIGHT

MDD

Photo: Richard Blin

A DONATION BEYOND THE FRONTIERS

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Making a donation to help  a family is good, but to  give one’s  support to a whole community is even better.

Elevages Sans Frontières is a French NGO that uses  a system of microcredit with animals.

Following the principle  of  ‘who  gives,  receives’,  the  idea is to create a multiplier effect thanks to a unique donation.

For each  animal  received,  the  beneficiaries  have  to  give  a  young  female  to  another  family,  etc.  Instead  of assisting the local populations like many associations do, the main missions of ESF are to ensure food and economic  sovereingty for the families in need. Because, among the billion of people who suffer from hunger,
70%  are  farmers.  For  this  reason,  strenghtening  the  local  production  would  allow  the  beneficiaries  to  become  actors  of  their  own  development.

Breeding animals is the starting point, but  in the long run it will
also  be  possible  for  the  children to go to school  thanks to the incomes generated by the  chickens, cows and  goats  received.  ESF  currently  intervenes  in  nine  countries,  most of  them being located in Africa, but also in Europe with Albania and Kosovo for instance.

To learn more about the NGO, you can visit the following page www.elevagessansfrontieres.org/ 

Nonetheless,  to  make  a  donation  you  should  rather  use  the  bank  account  details  below  for  one  simple reason:  the  association  is based in Lille. Hence, to benefit from the tax deductions  applicable in Belgium, you will have to go through the King Baudouin Foundation that is linked to the Transnational Giving Europe.
The  TGE,  what  is  it?  To  palliate  the  lack  of uniformisation regarding donations inside Europe,  this private initiative  aims  at making free cross­border philanthropy possible on our  continent. The TGE covers sixteen countries and  allows donors, public or  private, to give financial  support to NGO’s based in another Member State than the one  they live  in, when at the same time benefiting from tax advantages applied in the latter.
(To know more about the TGE: www.transnationalgiving.eu/)

Elevages  Sans  Frontières  is  one  example  out  of  many  other  non­-profit  associations  linked  to  the Transnational  Giving  Europe.  Nevertheless,  it  is  unique  because  of  the  microcredit  sytem  withanimals, never seen in Belgium ever before.

Send a Cow or Heifer International use the same principle in anglophone
countries, but ESF was the first NGO  that brought this principle first to France, and now to Belgium.

From now on, we also have the opportunity to add our link to this never ending solidarity chain.

Charlotte Behzad

THE AGRIBUSINESS FORUM 2013 IN KIGALI

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In the framework of the upcoming AgriBusiness Forum 2013, ‘The Agri-Food Sector: A Catalyst for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Africa’, H.E Robert Masozera,Ambassador of Rwanda, to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Republic of Cyprus, the EU and the ACP Group and Idit Miller, EMRC Vice President and Managing Director, officially announced this year’s AgriBusiness Forum, to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 6-9 October 2013 to the media and investors at the Brussels Press Club.

In his speech, the Ambassador highlighted the key elements of the forum:

Although Rwanda will be hosting the AgriBusiness Forum 2013, the main goal of the forum is to promote the potential of all Africa. The AgriBusiness Forum is a great platform for international partnerships. I want to invite you to join us in this vital event in order to evaluate the investment opportunities in agriculture and sectors related to it.

Rwanda’s stability and the rapid growth in Foreign Direct Investment, which grew from US$106 million in 2011 to US$160 million FDI, and the Government’s drive to view agriculture as a sector with high-potential were just some of the key points spotlighted by the Ambassador.

The agriculture sector is one of the most important sectors in Rwanda. Agriculture employs more than 80% of the Rwandese population, so this sector has a major impact on the fight against poverty. Rwanda is one of the most favorable countries for doing business in Africa, ranking number one in East Africa and number three in all of Africa. Agriculture contributes to 1/3 of the country’s GDP and grows every year by 6-7%. Agriculture responds to more than 90% of the Rwandese consumption. The AgriBusiness Forum is a capital event to be organized in the country.” he highlighted.

Alongside him, Mrs. Miller underlined the AgriBusiness Forum’s strengths which include bringing the public and private sector around the same table, with a focus on ensuring inclusive growth for the entire Agri-Food value chain, in addition to organising hundreds of B2B meetings. Mrs. Miller stressed that the tailor-made B2B sessions would provide a ‘live’ platform to build South-South and North-South Partnerships.

The AgriBusiness Forum is the largest annual pan-African gathering held on African soil focusing on agriculture and agro-food and we strive to make sure that participants leave the forum with real tangible outputs. The B2B meetings and the variety of people represented has allowed us to grow from year to year,” she explained.

International agricultural experts, Government officials, multinationals, farmer and private sector associations, donor organisations, civil society, investors and financiers representing Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas will participate to discuss on-going projects, best practices and strategic policies with the aim of establishing investment and business partnerships for this sector, acknowledged as pivotal for the entire continent’s growth.

In addition, this year’s forum will again be held in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Rabobank Foundation, which works extensively throughout Africa providing access to finance for rural farmers. To highlight innovative business projects coming out of Africa, EMRC and Rabobank Foundation are once again collaborating for the Project Incubator Award which will provide a US$15,000 cash prize to the designated winner.

The AgriBusiness Forum will showcase the key issues currently underpinning the Agri-Food sector and highlight expected objectives and business projections.

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EU TO SUSTAIN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Ahead of the EU-South Africa Summit to take placetomorrow  July 18 in Pretoria (South Africa), the European Union has approved a ground-breaking €100 million programme to support infrastructure development, through an innovative grant-loan blending mechanism, for South Africa and the region.

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The Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa will be used to leverage investments from development finance institutions in areas identified by the country itself which were in deep need of financing.

EU grants will support a range of activities, including technical assistance for the preparation, management and implementation of projects, as well as direct grants to co-finance capital expenditure of infrastructure projects. This would make possible, for example, support for projects in the South African energy sector, as well as regional road and rail projects to improve trade possibilities between South Africa and its neighbours.

Recognising improved infrastructure as vital to bettering peoples’ lives, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who is going to attend the EU-South Africa Summit, stated: “Improving infrastructure is key to the development of any country. South Africa is currently held back by its infrastructure, which restricts people’s access to health, education and job opportunities. By taking an innovative approach, our new support programme will help to significantly boost trade in the region and get the country on the road to further growth”.

The programme is expected to contribute to increased infrastructure investments in South Africa and the region, notably in transportation and logistics, energy, water/environment, information, communication and technology (ICT) and social infrastructure.

South Africa’s National Development Plan, which sets out the long term development objectives for the country, highlights the need to strengthen the country’s and region’s infrastructure, through reduced transportation costs, better rail, road and port networks and more diversified energy resources.

 

Background

The European Union’s support programme for South Africa (2007-2013), with its overall objective of reducing poverty and inequality, amounts to €980 million. In line with this, a wide range of EU-funded programming takes place – aside from interventions in the more traditional developmental areas of education and health, the EU supports actions in line with government priorities including youth development, job creation, and now infrastructure development.

The Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa will involve close cooperation between the Development Bank of Southern Africa and European development finance institutions; namely, the European Investment Bank (EIB), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

THE CONGO PRIME MINISTER IN BRUSSELS

The congolese prime minister Augustin MATATA PONYO is in Brussels.

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The prime minister of the democratic republic of Congo is attending an important 2-day  symposium, the FECUE (Forum economique Congo-Union Européenne) at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels.

The prime ministers, several congolese ministers and high-rank officials meet belgian and european businessmen to discuss all kinds of economic cooperation between Congo, the former belgian colony and Belgium particularly.

 

MD DESNERCK

INVESTING IN AFRICA: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

On Friday 26th May 2013, the headquarters of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) hosted the event “Kuona Afrika”, a Business forum aiming to promote investment in Africa and to foster Market linkages between actors in tourism, travel and trade Industry.

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The event was attended by numerous diplomats and business women and men. During the ceremony the incoming Secretary General of the ACP group, His Excellency Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni has officially launched the «Kuona Afrika Magazine”. This magazine aims to spread a positive image of Africa and to present it as an ideal tourist, trade and investment destination to make a difference from the message conveyed by mass media. The magazine presents African discovery, Business world, Energy, Cultural creations, Treasures and Flavours. As highlighted by the attendees, Africa has to be proud of its potentials in terms of natural and human resources. The speakers emphasised the need of diversifying trade and investment to boost African development and identified areas of business opportunities on the continent. The ceremony has been followed by the “African alliance business dinner” accompanied by a live Soul performance by Ebby Drenthe, the nominated “Miss Autumn Leaves”.

MChantal UWITONZE