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Remarks by Dr. The Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, at the 5th ACP Meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 20 September 2017, Nassau, The Bahamas

Honourable Ministers; Directors of Fisheries; Chief Fisheries Officers; Ladies and gentlemen

I am delighted to offer welcoming remarks at the opening of the Fifth ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture meeting. On behalf of the Government and the people of The Bahamas, we are pleased to welcome you to our shores.

Let me begin by offering the solidarity and concern of The Bahamas with our Caribbean neighbours who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

I know all of you join The Bahamas in the expression of our solidarity.

To offer you some geographical perspective, the Bahamas archipelago extends south-west from Southern Florida in the United States to northern Cuba.

Officials take stock of shared ACP strategy for fisheries

Nassau, The Bahamas, 19 September 2017/ ACP: Senior government officials from 55 fish-exporting countries in the ACP Group wrapped up two full days of deliberations today, devoted to assessing the ACP Strategic Plan of Action for fisheries and aquaculture, and discussing joint approaches to boost these sectors in a sustainable manner.

ACP-OECD seek joint solutions to finance SDGs in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Brussels, 15 September/ ACP: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires formidable financial means to win the fight against poverty and inequality in the world. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to reach, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are faced with the critical challenge of how to raise enough resources to realise these ambitions.

Senegal assumes chairmanship of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: The Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Amadou Diop will preside over the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors in Brussels for the period 1 August 2017 – 31 January 2018.

In a hand-over ceremony today, Ambassador Diop thanked the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Teshome Toga Chanaka of Ethiopia for his leadership during the previous six months. He welcomed the new members of the Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors, which also held its first meeting today at the ACP Secretariat headquarters.

Fisheries in Africa, Caribbean & Pacific - Immense opportunity, critical challenges

Op-ed by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assisant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average.

ACP Secretary General urges better ocean governance through Pacific maritime domain awareness

Apia, Samoa, 8 September 2017/ ACP: A robust surveillance system to monitor activities in Pacific countries’ territorial waters is not only a key security issue, it is an essential sustainable development concern.   

Speaking to leaders and high level representatives of the region, the Secretary General of the ACP Group of States Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomed Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) as a response strategy and a “precondition” to improved ocean governance.

Pacific ACP leaders intensify preparations for ACP-EU negotiations

Brussels, 5 September 2017/ ACP: Heads of Pacific ACP governments are moving forward with groundwork on negotiations for a renewed trading, development and political partnership with the European Union, as part of the larger African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau visits ACP Secretariat

Brussels, 17 July 2017, 2017/ ACP: The Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau and President of the Council of Ministers H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo (left) paid a courtesy call on the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.           

Hub and Spokes programme for ACP countries gets €5m boost in aid-for-trade

Geneva, 11 July 2017/ CSec/ ACP: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stand to benefit from an extension of the innovative Hub and Spokes II Programme, which is a joint initiative of the European Union, ACP Group, Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, aimed at boosting trade and prosperity in ACP countries.

President of Cabo Verde urges new approach to ACP-EU relations

Brussels, 10 July 2017/ ACP: The President of the Republic of Cabo Verde H.E Dr. Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca called on all ACP Member States to engage effectively in discussions leading up to the negotiations with the European Union for a new partnership framework after 2020.


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