Centre for the Development of Enterprise

An ACP-EU joint institution supporting the ACP private sector

Paul Frix interviewed by VoxAfrica TV

An interview of Mr Paul Frix, Director a.i. of the CDE, was broadcasted in French on VoxAfrica TV in July 2013.

Mr Frix sets out his vision of a decentralised CDE, in close support to the ACP private sector, in line with the EU Agenda for Change and the new orientations in terms of funding (blending).

European business platforms in the debate

European business platforms have shared their views on the proposed EC communication on the future support to the private sector in developing countries. Among those: the Belgo-Luxembourgish EBCAM, the Italian Confindustria-Assafricaa and the French CIAN.

The Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) has also contributed to the debate.

Potato production in West Africa

The objective of this guide is to provide practical knowledge to crop technicians on the cultivation of potatoes in West Africa. This information was substantially derived from the outstanding performance of local potato farmers in the region.It draws on the outcomes of a workshop organised by the CDE and its partners in Burkina Faso in 2007.

Enhancing SMEs competitiveness in Central Africa

As part of the Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (CEP), also underway in other ACP countries and regions, the CDE helped to identify a cluster of 10 agro-industrial and agro-forestry companies in the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Chad, which benefitted from a comprehensive programme of technical assistance.

Caribbean: Improving the competitiveness of hotels through energy efficiency

Energy cost is a major element affecting the running costs of hotels in the Caribbean, therefore impacting on the competitiveness of the tourism sector. Hence the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action (CHENACT), aimed at improving energy efficiency in the sector. The first phase of this programme implemented by the CDE took place between 2009 and 2011.

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