Rainford sixth formers heading to Ghana to build STEM centre

A group of year 12 students from Rainford Sixth Form are gearing up for a two-week adventure in Ghana, West Africa. The students have been busy fundraising throughout the year to fund their volunteering trip which will see them build Ghana’s first ever STEM centre. This will be the fourth year Rainford Sixth Form has … Read more

Managing migration effectively: Commission reports on progress in the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries

The Commission presents today its first progress Report on implementing the Partnership Frameworks with third countries: the EU’s new approach to more effectively managing migration jointly with countries of origin and transit is starting to yield results. Today, the Commission presents its first progress report on the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries to more … Read more

South Sudan: EU releases €40 million as humanitarian situation worsens

The European Commission has released €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to South Sudan. The European Commission has today announced €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan, bringing the total support from the Commission to €103 million for 2016. The funding comes as the humanitarian situation worsens … Read more

EU signs Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries

This development-oriented agreement is the first of its kind with an African region pursuing regional economic integration. The European Union and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) today signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the first of its kind between the EU and an African region pursuing economic integration. The signature took … Read more

84% of World Bank’s private investments in Sub-Saharan Africa go to companies using tax havens

Fifty-one of the 68 companies that were lent money by the World Bank’s private lending arm in 2015 to finance investments in sub-Saharan Africa use tax havens, Oxfam revealed today. Oxfam’s new analysis focused on International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. It shows that together these 51 companies, whose use of tax havens has … Read more

Minister for Africa visits Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire

Visit by FCO Minister focussed on a range of areas including business collaboration, prosperity and security. Foreign Office Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, visited Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire from 3-7 April 2016 to deepen business collaboration and promote shared interests on prosperity and security. In a wide-ranging visit the Minister underscored the importance of West … Read more