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ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012/ ACP: An outline of initial actions aimed towards building a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been drawn up by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
 

ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012: An outline of initial actions aimed towards a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been finalised by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
Among other initiatives, the Building Block on South-South and Triangular Cooperation will look at conducting a mapping exercise of current forums, models and mechanisms of SSC and TrC, with an aim of producing a “Menu of Practices” and a set of referential guidelines for SSC and TrC.

EU still needs ACP, says Secretary General

Brussels, 18 April 2012/ ACP: Opportunities for trade in natural resources and wide geopolitical influence are some reasons why the European Union should keep its current partnership with the trans-regional African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, says its top official.

ACP pays respects at death of former Malawi President

Paulo Kautoke Obadiah Mailafia ACP Group

Brussels, 11 April 2012/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) today officially conveyed its condolences to the Government of the Republic of Malawi, after the death of the country’s former President H.E Ngwazi Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika last Thursday.

NEWS: EU development aid drops with austerity

Brussels, 8 April 2012/ EuroActiv.com/ ACP: European countries reduced their overall development aid budgets in 2011, with some such as Greece and Spain implementing massive cuts in the wake of economic difficulties, according to OECD figures published last Wednesday 4 April.

Belgian Senate supports more flexibility on ACP free trade agreements

ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas with President of the Belgian Senate Mme Bethune Brussels, 5 April 2012/ ACP: The Belgian Senate has adopted a resolution urging more flexibility in free trade dealings with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), while also endorsing the negotiation of new trade relations with the European Union which take stronger consideration of the

CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum to “jump-start” EPA use

Bridgetown, BARBADOS, 4 April 2012/ CE/ JO/ ACP: A forum set for July aims to help businesses capitalise on the Caribbean’s free trade agreement with Europe, which has not seen many notable outcomes since it was signed in October 2008.

 

NEWS: Ireland Foreign Affairs committee to discuss EU proposal to withdraw free market access to some ACP countries

Brussels, 4 April 2012/ PB: Officials from Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will attend the meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade today, 4th April to discuss COM (2011)598 relating to Economic Partnership Agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

NEWS: South-South cooperation shown as alternative to direct aid in Nigeria-Gambia TAC scheme

Banjul, GAMBIA, 4 April 2012/ DOB/ AA: At least 74 Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteers from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who were deployed to The Gambia in March 2010, have successfully completed their two-year tour of duty in the country.

NEWS: EU to increase investment in Zimbabwe

Harare, ZIMBABWE, 1 April 2012/ TSZ: THE European Union (EU) says it intends to increase trade and investment relations with Zimbabwe and has urged the country to take advantage of the bloc’s support for  the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa).

The EU is funding and providing technical assistance to Comesa in order to enhance regional integration and trade activities.


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