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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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ACP working visit to Central African Republic

Brussels 15 July 2019/ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, Dr. Patrick Gomes, was in Bangui, Central African Republic, from 2 to 5 July 2019, at the invitation of the Government, for a working visit. He was accompanied by Ambassador Léonard Emile Ognimba, Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Department of Political Affairs and Human Development.

Post-Cotonou Agreement: “The ACP Group could be the OECD of the countries of the global South”

Brussels, 11 July 2019/ACP: While the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group and the European Union (EU) are negotiating the new version of the Cotonou Agreement, Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, is calling for greater balance in this partnership. 
 

ACP concerned about non-tariff barriers on agri products by EU

GENEVA, Switzerland, 11 July 2019 (CMC): The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group is warning of “grave implications” for its members as it expressed concern at the “arbitrary adoption” of measures by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that negatively affect developing countries and go against the principles of facilitating development through trade.

Next Brussels Briefing n.56 “The Land-Water-Energy Nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System”

Brussels 27 June 2019/ACP: The next Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 on The Land-Water-Energy nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and Concord will be held on 3rd of July 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C.

AID FOR TRADE Global Review 2019 - AIDE POUR LE COMMERCE Examen Global 2019

EU-ACP TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
REVOLUTIONIZING ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION AND EMPOWERMENT
THROUGH INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE AID FOR TRADE
4 JULY 2019 | 11:00-13:00 | WTO Geneva, Room S1
 
COOPERATION UE-ACP EN MATIERE DE COMMERCE ET DE DEVELOPPEMENT REVOLUTIONNER LA DIVERSIFICATION ECONOMIQUE ET L’AUTONOMISATION A TRAVERS UNE AIDE POUR LE COMMERCE DURABLE
4 JUILLET 2019 | 11h00-13h00 | OMC Genève, Salle S1
 

Ghana to help Guyana’s energy sector – An Example of South-South Cooperation

Brussels 20 June 2019/ ACP: Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed that his country would help Guyana’s energy sector, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon said.

Briefing the media after Akufo Addo was conferred with Guyana’s national award, the Order of Excellence by President David Granger, Harmon said the technical assistance cooperation would be provided free of cost. “This is very important to us because what they did was to commit to pay the salaries, the transportation and everything to get the people here and all that we will need to do is to find accommodation for them,” he said.

Be part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific experience at the 2019 EDD


At this year’s edition of the European Development Days, the ACP Secretariat will participate and organize several activities during the two-day event at the ACP Lounge. 
 
The theme for the ACP Group this Year is “African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States - Stronger together / South-South and triangular cooperation to achieve sustainable development, reduce inequality and vulnerability due to climate change”.
 
 

Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the Situation in Sudan

Brussels 12 June 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Carribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, expresses his deep concern about the violence in Sudan that has led to loss of lives. He recalls the need for the parties to take responsability for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan.

The Secretary General urges all parties to refrain from any further action that could exacerbate the situation. He calls on them to pursue peaceful dialogue that provides an environment that meets the aspirations of the people of Sudan.

79-Nation ACP Moving into a New Era of Global Partnerships

Brussels 11 June 2019/ACP: To bring "Asia and the Americas into closer bonds of friendship" with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and "strengthen South-South solidarity", Secretary-General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes is keen to "build bridges with India on technical cooperation" and initiate a "new partnership" with Peru. He was speaking at the 'ACP Day' celebrations.


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