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New Chair of Ambassadors urges ACP unity amidst “external volatility”

ACP Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors Shirley Skerritt-AndrewBrussels, 15 February 2012/ ACP: The newly appointed Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors has encouraged solidarity amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, in the face of a “volatile” geopolitical environment.

Inaugural Address of the Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, on Assumption of Chairmanship Feb-July 2012

Secretary General - Assistant Secretaries General - Distinguished Ambassadors - Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.  Let me start by expressing sincere gratitude to my Colleague CARIFORUM Ambassadors for their unwavering support to Saint Lucia as it assumes chairmanship of the ACP Council of Ministers. I also am grateful to Colleague ACP Ambassadors for the trust that you have bestowed on me by allowing me to serve this Committee as its Chairperson for the next six months.

 

NEWS: CARICOM, Chile to intensify dialogue, cooperation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 9 February 2012/ CARICOM: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Chile have committed to intensifying political dialogue and cooperation as part of efforts towards sustainable development, and the improvement of the well-being of their peoples.

NEWS: Gambia gets EUR10m for governance tech support

BANJUL, Gambia, 6 February 2012/ The Point: The European Union and the Gambia government on Friday 3 February signed a €10 million (ten million euro equivalent to D400 million) agreement to support improving democratic and economic governance in The Gambia.

Intra-Africa trade may ease stalled EPA negotiations, says ACP Group

Brussels, 5 February 2012: The 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has shown its strong support for efforts towards an Africa-wide free trade area - the key focus of the recent African Union summit for Heads of State, held 23 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda

Brussels, 4 February 2012/ EU - The European Commission has recently adopted a Communication that outlines how the EU's trade, investment and development policies can work hand-in-hand to support poverty reduction as well as inclusive and sustainable growth in developing

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: "Endless options" for ACP future, says new Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassdors

Brussels, 3 February 2012/ ECDPM: On the 1st of February H.E. Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, Ambassador of Saint Lucia, took over as Chairperson of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors. She will preside the group for the coming 6 moths.

NEWS: Guyana gets EU boost for sugar sector competitiveness

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 1 February 2012/ Knews/ ACP: The European Union (EU) has pledged another multi-million disbursement of funds in support of the Guyana sugar industry, one of the many Caribbean countries crippled by a cut in sugar prices by the EU, its biggest market for sugar. Guyana can expect around EUR 24.9 million this year, on the heels of a EUR12.5 million package received last December.

 

NEWS: Jamaica Gov't, local communes align to protect forests under GCCA-ACP programme

ST ANDREWS, Jamaica, 1 February 2012/ JIS/ ACP: Rural Jamaican communities will have a more proactive hand in protecting the country's forests, with a shared management system launched this week between the St. Andrews communities of Dallas Castle and Constitutional Hill and the Government's Forestry Department.

 

NEWS: EU-Pacific business forum proposed at ACP BizClim high level conference

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 31 January 2012/ BizClim/ Vanuatu Daily Post – The Government of Vanuatu has echoed a key recommendation to hold a special forum between EU and Pacific representatives to discuss how to foster business and investment between the two regions.


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