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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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Strategies to boost transformative role of ACP mining sector endorsed at high level meeting

Brussels, 14 February 2018 /ACP:  Concrete strategies to enhance the transformative role of mining in African, Caribbean and Pacific economies were endorsed at a high level ministerial meeting in Brussels this week, targeting enhanced policy options, sustainable job creation and inter-sectoral linkages.

Remarkable contributions to culture sector, creative industries celebrated

Brussels, 10 February 2018/ ACPCulturesPlus/ ACP: Pioneering projects such as Lamb - the first Ethiopian film ever to be selected at the Cannes festival, and Docusound - a network of radio documentary makers, many of whom are disabled, were celebrated amongst a wide range of success stories at the final conference of the ACPCultures+ Programme, held 8-9 February at the ACP House in Brussels.

Jamaica to steer Committee of Ambassadors in lead up to Post-Cotonou talks

Brussels, 12 February 2018 ACP: The Ambassador of Jamaica to the European Union, H.E. Mrs. Sheila Sealy Monteith has set in motion a rigorous plan of action under Jamaica’s chairmanship of the influential ACP Committee of Ambassadors, made up of envoys from 79 member states who regularly gather to monitor the organisation’s activities and policy implementation.

As Chairperson for the period 1 February – 31 July 2018, Ambassador Monteith will also lead a new Bureau of six regional coordinators, along with the Troika, who are responsible for coordinating the work of the Committee of Ambassadors.

Six pilot projects plus market study launched to enhance competitiveness of Pacific coconut industry

Port Vila, Vanuatu, 7 February 2018/ SPC/ ACP: A major market study and six pilot projects to advance the coconut industry in Vanuatu and Samoa were launched in Port Vila, thanks to a joint initiative joint initiative of the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Pacific Community (SPC). 

New ambassadors of Jamaica, Grenada welcomed

Brussels, 18 January 2018/ ACP: Envoys from two Caribbean nations, Grenada and Jamaica, were formally presented to the Committee of Ambassadors on Wednesday 17 January.

H.E. Mrs. Cheryl J. Augustine-Kanu of Grenada (left) and H.E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith of Jamaica (right) - who is also the incoming Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors beginning 1 February - were warmly received by peers at the ACP House.

Cameroonian politician to preside over ACP and ACP-EU parliamentary assemblies

Brussels, 18 January 2018/ ACP: The new President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly Hon. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono of Cameroon (pictured left) met with the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes for the first time in Brussels yesterday, since officially taking over the reins from Hon. Ibrahim Rassin Bundu of Sierra Leone in December.

WTO impasse spurs ACP developing states to find intra-ACP solutions

Buenos Aires, 14 December 2017/ ACP: Talks towards a final outcome document collapsed at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation, despite the best efforts by the Chair, Argentina’s Amb. Susana Malcorra, to get member states to agree to a ‘scaled down’ ministerial declaration.

ACP countries aim for solid outcomes at WTO

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 11 December 2017/ ACP: Despite the cloud of uncertainty shrouding the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation, trade officials from African, Caribbean and Pacific States are rallying to ensure meaningful outcomes are generated over the three days of high level trade talks taking place this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

‘Unity in diversity’ emphasised at ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 5 December 2017/ ACP: The Minister of Trade, Industry and the Informal Economy of Senegal H.E. Mr. Alioune Sarr set the stage for discussions at the 106th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, one of the most important decision-making organs of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

ACP Group and OIF strengthen cooperation

Paris, 27 November 2017/ OIF/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF) agreed to intensify their collaboration to support the development objectives of their 34 shared member states.
 
The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes and the Secretary General of the Francophonie H.E. Ms. Michaëlle signed a new cooperation agreement on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in Paris (pictured). 
 


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