Incatema Consulting will be providing technical assistance to the European Commission for the implementation of a support program to the agricultural sector in ten countries located in Africa and the Caribbean, for the next 4 years.

Incatema Consulting will be providing technical assistance to the European Commission for the implementation of a support program to the agricultural sector in ten countries located in Africa and the Caribbean, for the next 4 years.

The consortium led by Incatema Consulting will support the EC for 4 years in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the BAM program (Banana Accompanying Measures) in ten countries of Africa and the Caribbean.    
 
In the year 2000 the EU signed the Cotonou Agreement, a partnership framework that regulates relations between state members and ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific). The main objective of this agreement was the eventual eradication of poverty in these countries, and, amongst other things, tariff reductions and easier access to the EU for products coming from these countries.
 
The Banana Accompanying Measures program aims to compensate ACP banana producing countries from the decline of its exportations to the EU, caused by the liberalization of international banana trade. This liberalization was the result of many years of negotiations at the World Trade Organization between a group of South American banana producing countries (such as Colombia, Peru or Costa Rica) and the EU which ended in the signing of the Geneva agreement for banana trade in 2009.   
In this agreement, the EU committed to, progressively reducing, until 2020, import tariffs for bananas coming from these important South American producers which will have a negative effect on ACP countries will automatically lose market share
 
For this reason , the European Commission launched the BAM program in support of 10 African and Caribbean countries ( Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Surinam), budgeted with 190 million euros and a duration of 4 years.  The BAM program will invest in, improving productivity in the banana sector for these countries, diversifying crops and improving infrastructures.

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