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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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WTO “cotton days” 28-29 November 2018

Brussels 26 November 2018/WTO/ACP/: Cotton, the soft and fluffy fibre that grows in bolls, is one of the world’s leading agricultural crops. It is also a commodity of particular importance for ACP countries. Cotton has been a key issue in the WTO agriculture negotiations and as an important development-related issue since 2003 when it was raised by four ACP countries— Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali — known as the Cotton Four or C-4.
 

The Honorable Joseph Malanji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia received at the ACP

Brussels 21 November 2018/ACP/: The Honorable Joseph Malanji, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, paid a courtesy call on Dr. Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Caribbean and Central America Cooperation in the Context of Relations with the EU

Brussels 20 November 2018/ACP/: As part of Belize currant pro tempore presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Mission of Belize to the European Union convened a seminar on 16 November 2018 in Brussels that brought together for the first time the Missions of SICA Member states and the Missions of CARIFORUM Member states with key European Union counterparts to further explore prospects for Central American and Caribbean cooperation in the context of relations with the EU. 
 

Transforming ACP cities, leaving no one behind engaging in large scale investments in slums

Brussels 20 November 2018/ACP/: The ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and H.E Mrs. Ammo Aziza Baroud, Ambassador of Chad and Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors opened the Third ACP/EC/UN-Habitat International Tripartite Conference in Brussels on the 14th November 2018.
 

Natural Disaster Risk Reduction in ACP Countries

Brussels 15 November 2018/ACP/: The African, Caribbean Pacific Secretariat, in collaboration with the European Commission, hosted the Fall Meeting of the Consultative Group (CG) of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), in Brussels during the 7th-9th November, 2018.

The Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme presents its success stories and prepares for COP24

Brussels 12 November 2018/ACP/: The ACP Secretariat and the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme organised an Info-point Lunch time conference at the External Cooperation Info point of DG DEVCO on the 17th October 2018.

The event presented the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme and the Climate Support Facility (CSF) services set up to provide demand-driven, short-term technical assistance and training on climate change to ACP regional organisations and countries, as a complement to other components of the Programme. 

ACP Private Sector Consultation on Post-Cotonou Negotiations

Brussels 8 November 2018 /ACP/: On 1st and 2nd November 2018, an ACP Private Sector consultation on the Post-Cotonou negotiations was held in Bridgetown, Barbados. The meeting was organized by the ACP Secretariat with technical support of Business ACP. 
 
The intended objective was to explore, assess and formulate relevant ACP private sector needs, demands and opportunities with a view to providing inputs into the post-Cotonou negotiation process.  
 

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Julius Maada Bio, met with Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels on Tuesday 06 November 2018.

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, reiterated his country's full support for the vision of the ACP Group of States and recalled how his country's relations with the EU have been deepened and strengthened through all successive ACP-EU conventions and partnership agreements, at a special meeting with ACP State representatives in Brussels yesterday.
 

Opening of the ACP Information Centre for South-South and Triangular Cooperation, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

 

Brussels, 15 October 2018 /ACP/: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Information Centre for South-South and Triangular Cooperation was inaugurated on 5 October 2018 in Malabo. The ceremony was presided over by The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and was attended by highly ranked personalities such as the Prime Minister, Members of the Government as well as Members of the Diplomatic Corps.


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