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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). 
 

Erasmus+ invites applications from ACP students, higher education institutions for joint programmes

Brussels, 27 November 2017/ ACP: Higher education institutions (HEIs) as well as post-graduate students from Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific are eligible to take part in Erasmus+ programmes, including through scholarships to study for joint Masters’ degrees in Europe, and cooperation between ACP and EU institutions on programmes for youth and capacity building.

€70 Million to help ACP countries tackle climate change impacts

Bonn, 17 November 2017/ ACP: Seventy-nine African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stand to benefit from a €70 million ACP-EU initiative launched in the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, to help with implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
 
The new Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+) Programme  aims to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on climate change, while providing ACP member states with demand-driven technical assistance in various areas including:


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