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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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NEWS: Pacific ACP calls for stronger regional integration

Suva, FIJI 27 July 2012/ PIFS Press Release: Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has called on the Pacific region to intensify and accelerate its efforts towards regional integration.
 

In his remarks at the inaugural Pacific ACP Officials' Meeting at the Secretariat in Suva, Fiji on Friday, Mr Slade said: "As we seek to further engage with Europe in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement, our efforts towards regional integration should be intensified and accelerated."

NEWS: Jamaica to seek ACP-EU funding for agro-training programme

Kingston, 27 July 2012/ JIS/ ACP: Jamaica’s Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and Education are collaborating to enhance the application of agricultural science in education curricula, including submitting a joint project proposal for ACP-EU funding that would boost training in agricultural technologies and certify graduates in agricultural engineering for subsequent employment in the sector.
 

NEWS: Fiji Gov't committed to roadmap despite public "mistrust", say ACP-EU mission

Suva, FIJI, 25 July 2012/ FT: THE visiting African Caribbean Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) fact-finding mission to Fiji has expressed confidence in the government's efforts to return Fiji to democracy by 2014.
 

NEWS: Caribbean firms complete Euro tour, prep for business forum

24 July 2012/ CE/ ACP: Twenty-two cultural industries firms from across the Caribbean recently undertook a study tour passing through Manchester (UK), Berlin (Germany) and Paris (France), gearing up for the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, to be held 8-9 August in London.
 

NEWS: EU to lift most Zimbabwe sanctions after referendum

 23 July 2012/ AFP: The European Union agreed today to lift most sanctions against Zimbabwe firms and individuals once the country has held "a peaceful and credible" vote on a new constitution.

NEWS: EPAs high on agenda during EU President's Tanzania visit

Brussels, 22 July 2012/ EU Press Release / ACP: The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, accompanied by European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, visited Tanzania over the weekend. He met with the President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and senior ministers of the government. The visit contributes to reinforce the high-level political dialogue and economic cooperation with Tanzania.

NEWS: EU sugar aid for Swaziland bittersweet

20 July 2012/ The Guardian: Under the aid for trade initiative that came out of the World Trade Organisation in 2005, rich countries agreed to provide money for developing countries to help them adapt to global trade, moving away from the more brutal approach to trade liberalisation of tearing down trade barriers.
 

Unique conference tackles climate change under ACP patronage

Brussels, 11 July 2012/ ACP: A global conference in November will present cutting edge research, innovative solutions and future outlooks on the climate change agenda, with a special focus on the plight of Small Island Developing States. The conference is set to take place entirely in cyberspace, making it open and free to anyone with an internet connection.

 

ACP backs Madagascar on road to peace

Brussels, 4 July 2012/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar H.E Mr Jean Omer Beriziky at the ACP House on Tuesday, while he was in Brussels for talks with the European Union.  

Ambassadorial visit to EIB renews focus on SME challenges

ACP ambassadors visit the EIB Bank in Luxembourge, June 2012

Brussels, 1 July 2012/ ACP:  Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in ACP countries still face  major barriers in financing, despite their unmistakable role in building local economies, the ACP Committee of Ambassadors heard during the group’s annual visit to the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg last week.


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