The ‘Inside the Issue’ show will take you to the academics, researchers, politicians, journalists, NGO’s and industry representatives to get to the bottom of burning issues on the top of the political agenda and having a direct impact on the African continent.
*Shows in our earlier format which included both the EU-Africa update together with the Inside the Issue.
AMBASSADOR’S TALK SPECIAL WITH TESHOME TOGA, ETHIOPIA
Welcome to a special edition of Inside the Issue show – Ambassador’s Talk! Where we speak to African ambassadors about the state of EU-African relations with a focus on their national relationship with the EU. This time around Ethiopian Ambassador, Teshome Toga talks to What’s in it for Africa about the African economy, EU-Ethiopia and EU-Africa relations, Trade and Migration.
THE EU TAKES ON CORPORATE TAX AVOIDANCE – AFRICA’S LARGEST FINANCIAL DRAIN
Tax avoidance (legal) and tax evasion (illegal) costs the African continent anywhere from $30 to $60 billion a year with approximately 65%, of this coming from legal practices, such as corporate tax avoidance. So we delve into the EU’s recent assault on corporate tax avoidance in this programme and sit down with Tax activists Henry Ushie (Oxfam, Nigeria); Geoffrey Chongo (JCTR, Zambia); Ene Agbo (Activista Network, Nigeria) and Stella Agara (Activista Network, Kenya & Malawi).
Thank you for watching!
BREXIT: WHAT’S IN IT FOR AFRICA?
On this month’s edition, we confront the arguments for and against Brexit in the African context. The referendum on the UK’s possible exit from the European Union is fast approaching, on 23 June. And both the leave and stay campaign have been battling it out in newspaper headlines, on our TV screens, and on social media.
We focus on the arguments for a Brexit for Africa around the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its consequent impact on African farmers, the likelihood of increased trade with African Commonwealth Countries following a Brexit and the situation of non-EU and EU migrants into the UK. We speak to the experts for more: Vice-president of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Europe (NIDOE), Chinedu Madichie and Member of the European Parliament, Jude Kirton-Darling.
THE ECOWAS-EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: REGIONAL INTEGRATION, STALLED DISCUSSIONS AND A BETTER AGREEMENT THAN THE STATUS QUO (?)
17 April 2016 – The potential Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and West Africa (ECOWAS and UEOMA) would liberalise trade between the two regions. However the agreement is at a standstill with The Gambia, Mauritania and Nigeria refusing to sign over concerns of de-industrialisation, loss of tariff revenues, regional disintegration and competition due to increased EU products on the West African market…
So we talk to Member of the European Parliament, Jude Kirton-Darling who sits on the International Trade Committee, the Committee responsible for the Parliamentary work on the ECOWAS-EU EPA.
THE EU AVIATION STRATEGY: EXTERNAL AGREEMENTS, FAIR COMPETITION AND SAFETY
20 March 2016 – The European aviation strategy, published back in December, is aimed at maintaining European competitiveness and stimulating further growth. The most significant elements of the strategy from an African interest perspective include:
– A move towards increased external aviation agreements with non-EU countries, the focus being on agreements with Central America, Asia and the Middle East but not Africa.
– Fair Competition measures. Including measures to tighten subsidy and pricing rules for aviation services offered by non-EU airlines operating in the EU airspace. And relaxing ownership and control rules for non-EU nationals wanting to invest in the EU aviation sector.
– Updating safety rules. Including reviewing all existing legislation on operating bans and rules on aviation accident investigation. This will be relevant to over 100 African airlines currently banned from the EU airspace due to safety concerns.
We speak to Kenyan Ambassador to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg, Johnson Weru to find out his thoughts on the proposed strategy and the implications for the African aviation sector.
Please also find the guest Blog penned by Michael Bentele, Head of Europe at South African Airways, here: http://ow.ly/ZIwp4
THE REMITTANCE MARKET: REVISITED
13 March 2016 – Within the context of Western Union being questioned by EU antitrust regulators over its activities in Europe, in late February, regarding whether its agreements with its agents are anti-competitive, we decided to revisit the remittance market topic.
We interviewed, Ambassador Dr. Olawale Maiyegun, Director of the Social Affairs Department at the African Union. He talked us through the African Union’s views on the current state of the remittance market and highlighted some of the bottlenecks in the system, but also what the African Union is doing to overcome them.
The Inside the Issue revisited is not a permanent feature. It is for those times when we have those rare chances to discuss with policy-makers,visiting Brussels, regarding a previous Inside the Issue topic.
THE REMITTANCE MARKET
21 February 2016 – Money sent home from migrant family members or friends working in other countries can be the survival for people in some of the poorest countries. But money sent to African countries is often subjected to the heaviest transfer fees.
We explore the EU policy discussions around fixing the problems in this market and speak to Sinhoue Monteirro and Stephane Ugeux, Ewala Co-founders, who are working on finding technology based solutions to ease the process of sending remittances back home.
EU-AFRICA 2016 PRIORITIES
17 January 2016 – What’s in it for Africa? Kicked off 2016 by asking African politicians what they expect to see from the EU in 2016…
Thank you for the contributions given by:
– Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Seychelles
– Fred Jachan Omach, Minister of Finance, Uganda
– H.E Ousmane Matar Breme, Ambassador, Chad
– H.E Félicité Ongouri Ngoubili, Ambassador, Gabon
– Mr Albert M’Peti Biyombo, Vice-Minister of Finance, DRC
This issue made its way into the POLITICO Europe Playbook!
WINNERS AND LOSERS AT COP21?
15 November 2015 – The revision of EU biofuels legislation could shift EU demand away from biofuels produced from food sources and towards those made from non-food sources, e.g the waste parts of a crop, or plants. African governments have been actively pursuing policies to develop the biofuels sector. And witnessed increased investments in biofuel production, in part, due to the EU demand shaped by its policy on biofuels. We speak to Dr Marc Londo, The European Biofuels Technology Platform and Member of the European Parliament Seb Dance to help us find out exactly how Africa is biofueling Europe.
4 October 2015 – Updates on the show include:
- Public consultations on Illegal Logging
- The new approach to Energy Purchasing agreements between EU Member States and third countries.
We then focus on parliamentary discussions about the conflict minerals legislation, the tension lies in deciding whether European importers should be legally bound to verify whether their supply chains include minerals (specifically Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum and Gold) which originate from conflict areas. Conflict areas are most commonly found in the Great Lakes region. To help us investigate how these rules could be applied and if they would work, we interview Member of the European Parliament, Iuliu winkler and Frédéric Triest, Deputy Executive Secretary at EurAc (The European Network for Central Africa).
*THE EU, WHAT’S IN IT FOR AFRICA? THE SUMMER SPECIAL
6 September 2015 – Updates on the show include:
- WTO EU Trade policy review
- Emissions Trading System (ETS)
- EU Dairy package report
We also talk to Young Professionals from the African Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) to find out exactly what they think is in the EU for Africa.
5 July 2015 – The first official episodes provides updates on the:
- IPR Strategy
- Aviation Strategy
- Fisheries Agreement.
Before discussing the end of the EU milk quota, after more than 30 years. What could be the consequences of EU overproduction, especially since it has lost its ability to sell its Milk to Russia, one of the main importers of EU milk. Could this mean the EU will increasingly look to the African market to sell milk products and might this competition be a threat to local producers? We speak to MEP Maria Noichl (S&D, Germany), Dr Paul Goodison, Consultant at Agro-food consultancy, GDC Partners and Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP