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Dean of ACP Ambassadors moves on to head ECOWAS

ACP Chambas Ouedraogo
Brussels, 14 May 2012/ ACP
: Diplomatic delegations of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group based in Brussels bade farewell to their most senior peer, H.E Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, who ended his term as Dean of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors to take up leadership at the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

 

New ambassadors watchful of shifting ACP-EU relations

Brussels, 14 May 2012/ ACP: Ambassadors from Samoa and Jamaica have called for unity and innovation amongst fellow members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, in view of the Group’s evolving relationship with the European Union (EU).

NEWS: Pacific region urges EC engagement for EPA progress

Suva FIJI, 14 May 2012/ PIFS: The Pacific bloc of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping has urged the European Commission (EC) to officially respond to its proposals on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU).

NEWS: Guyana Parliament ratifies EU's EPA

Gerogetown, 14 May 2012/ ING/ ACP: The Guyana Parliament on Thursday evening, unanimously ratified the European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) states back in 2008, clearing the way for the country to highten its implementation of the trade pact for which the benefits and opportunities are yet to be capitalized on by Guyana.

NEWS: Pacific community thanks EU on Europe Day

Honiara SOLOMON IS, 10 May 2012/ SS/ ACP: On the occasion of Europe Day, 9 May, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Solomon Islands Government thanked the European Union (EU) for its support to many key activities in Solomon Islands.

Mr. Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, commented: “EU funding has helped Solomon Islands Government and its partner SPC implement valuable projects in many sectors to help Solomon Islanders improve their quality of life.”

NEWS: Rwanda receives 89m Euro towards food production

Kigali RWANDA, 8 May 2012/ NT/AA/ACP: The government has obtained a grant worth €89m (Rwf 69.2 billion) from the European Union to support agricultural programmes focused on increasing food production nationwide.

“Dismal” ACP services sector demands urgent attention, says SG

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: Poor infrastructure and high vulnerability to external shocks has meant low services exports amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, says the ACP Group’s chief executive.

UN, ACP, Rwandan Embassy mark genocide memory with joint ceremony

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: A commemoration to honour the estimated 800,000 to 1 million lives lost at the hands of genocidaires in Rwanda in 1994 was jointly held by the ACP Secretariat, the United Nations, and the Rwandan Embassy on Monday 30 April at the ACP House.

OPINION: Why the EU should maintain Regulation 1528 on ACP-EU free trade

Former President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa gives his insight on why Regulation 1528 will hurt the efforts of developing countries to successfully integrate into the world trade system. Article originally published in The Zimbabwe Mail, 02/05/2012

 

Higher quality standards and ‘smart’ dialogue seen as potential boost for ACP-EU trade talks

Brussels, 1 May 2012/ ACP/ CPTM: An afternoon of ‘Think Tanking’ discussions at the ACP House this Wednesday will tackle some of the difficulties in ACP-EU free trade, with a focus on how “smart partnership approaches” and higher quality standards can energise trade between nations.


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