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Cooperation agreement with the East African Community (EAC)

In early 2009, , the Minister of Development Cooperation Charles Michel signed a cooperation agreement with the East African Community (EAC). Besides Kenya, 4 partner countries of Belgian Development Cooperation belong to this regional economic community: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. South-South trade could become a key instrument for the region’s development. Belgium – together with its British counterparts – is helping Burundi, in particular, to integrate its economy into the EAC.

Port Friendship through Port Knowledge

The Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) runs a series of training programmes in port management. Its standard training activities include 14 management sessions and seminars of 2 weeks each and cover a wide range of port-related topics. APEC provides specific tailor- made sessions, based on partner countries’ needs and requests, and organizes tailor-made study visits (1/2 day to 2 days). Recently, it introduced a new concept: lectures abroad, where an APEC expert tackles specific topics during a short seminar session abroad. Through its cooperation with the Flemish Community, the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) and the Province of Antwerp, APEC has established a broad system of scholarships. The Flemish Community offers scholarships for the APEC programmes to candidates from all of its partner countries worldwide (see website scholarship section for details). These scholarships enable candidates from around the world to find the professional course of their choice in Flanders. Candidates from partner countries of the Belgian Technical Cooperation can apply for a scholarship at the local representation of BTC. The Province of Antwerp provides a number of scholarships for candidates from French-speaking African countries.

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