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Three more countries sign Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The Kingdom of Swaziland joined the growing number of ACP countries party to the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

During a special ceremony at the ACP House last week, the Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko (pictured left) signed the agreement, which allows the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

ACP Group highlights special needs of poor, vulnerable countries at UN Conference on Trade & Development

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 July 2016/ ACP: The ACP Group of States reaffirmed its support for a renewed four-year mandate for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTADXIV), with particular attention to the special needs of the poorest and most vulnerable economies of the world.

ACP Group keen to secure robust multilateral rules on fisheries subsidies

Nairobi, Kenya, 21 July 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has called for an agreement for disciplines on fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation, to ensure the sustainability of key marine resources on which many of the 79 ACP member states depend.

Results of evaluation on ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement announced

Brussels, 20 July 2016/ EC: The European Commission announced the results of its evaluation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), and report on the good progress being made towards the main objectives of the partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.

Brexit and EPAs: Roundtable explores the implications for developing countries

London, 13 July 2016/ RI/ ACP: The outcome of the 23rd June 2016 referendum has set the UK on a path to leave the European Union (EU) that will also see an end to its being a member of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with several countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 
Brexit will have consequences for the UK, but its impact on these developing countries could also be far reaching. Precisely how and in what ways is however not yet well understood. 
 

Joint conference zooms in on lessons, best practices in ACP-EU higher education, research programmes

Brussels, 6 July 2016/ ACP: A Joint Stakeholders’ Conference held on 5-6 July at ACP House gathered beneficiaries and stakeholders of three Intra-ACP flagship programmes in the higher education, science and technology and research sectors, under the ACP-EU partnership.

Brussels Briefing 44 showcases successful fair trade cases in ACP countries

Brussels, 5 July 2016/ ACP: The recently held Brussels Briefing, No. 44 addressed promoting responsible value chains and sustainable sourcing through fair trade in the agricultural sector. It highlighted the problems that currently make value chains unsustainable, particularly at the farmers' level. It also presented successful examples of how fair trade is promoting sustainable sourcing. 

Hubs and Spokes programme assessed at Dakar meeting

Dakar, Senegal, 5 July 2016/ Commonwealth/ Hubs-Spokes/ ACP: The Hub and Spokes II Programme enhances trade capacity in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions by placing trade advisers in national ministries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
 

EU and UNIDO to support agribusiness development in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Brussels, 1 July 2016/ UNIDO/ ACP: The United Nations Industrial development (UNIDO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development will work closely to help the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) develop their capacity to add value to their agricultural production in order to create more jobs.

Emphasis on positive role of migration at ACP-ADNE debate

Brussels 30 June 2016/ ACP: The issue of migration took centre stage as part of the 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD16) on June 15-16 in Brussels, in a debate session co-organised by the ACP Secretariat and the African Diaspora Network platform in Europe (ADNE) that scrutinised the EU’s migration policy, security issues, "success stories" of North-South migration, as well as new measures to build new partnerships that benefit all.

More coherence needed between migration and development policies


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