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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

FEATURED VIDEO: Post-Cotonou debate at European Development Days 2016

Brussels, 30 June 2016/ ACP: The question of what future arrangement will follow the historical ACP-EU Partnership Agreement when it expires in 2020, has ignited debate and deep reflections by the European Union as well as the ACP Group of 79 countries. The two blocs are party to the Cotonou Agreement, as it is also called, which binds them legally in a cooperation framework that covers trade, development cooperation and political dialogue.

ACP Joint Stakeholder Conference on higher education, research, science & technology

Brussels, 30 June 2016/ Edulink/ ACP: On 5-6 July 2016, the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat) will be hosting a Joint Stakeholders’ Conference for the currently running projects from the following ACP-EU collaborative programmes:

ACP-EU role in catalysing Paris Agreement on Climate Change highlighted at EDD16

Brussels, 16 June 2016/ ACP: The role played by the longstanding partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in boosting the momentum towards the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change last year, was highlighted at a high level panel at Europe’s prime event on development, known as the European Development Days (EDD16).

Ministers discuss decisive year for ACP Group of 79 countries

Dakar, Senegal, 26 April, 2016/ ACP: A call to rally together behind key common issues and preserve solidarity when dealing with partners set the tone at the opening of the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States today.

The Council of Ministers will discuss several critical items before meeting with counterparts from the European Union on the 28th and 29th of April. This includes matters related to trade, development cooperation, and the future of the ACP Group, including its relations with the EU beyond 2020.


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