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Keynote address by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, at the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, 24 November 2011, Brussels

The President of the 102nd ACP Council of Ministers,
Honourable Ministers,
The Secretary General of the ACP Group of States,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Bula Vinaka and a very good morning to you all.
Madam President,
We gather here today – the nations of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific – in friendship and solidarity. And especially in solidarity with the people of France, who are mourning the 130 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks eleven days ago.

Statement by the President of the 102nd session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Hon. Dr. Mamphono Khaketla, Minister of Finance of Lesotho, 24 November 2015, Brussels

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Honourable Ministers,
Your Excellency, Secretary-General Gomes,
Your Excellencies, Ambassadors
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
I bring you warm greetings from His Majesty King Letsie III, the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, and the Government and People of the Kingdom of Lesotho. I am indeed delighted to be here, and consider it an honour to preside over the affairs of the 102nd ACP Council session. 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Africa Diaspora Network Europe meet with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: Members of the Africa Diaspora Network Europe (ADNE), led by President Ms. Marie Chantal Uwitonze, accompanied by Mr. Henri D. N’zouzi, Ms. Manel Msalmi, and Ms. Erika Kaneza met on Wednesday with the Secretary General H.E. Patrick I. Gomes and the Chef de Cabinet Amb Mamour Alieu Jagne, to discuss possibilities of collaboration on projects of mutual interest.

Tribute to ACP civil society activist Mr. Roosevelt O. King

Brussels, 13 November 2015/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat joins the global network of ACP Civil Society Forum (ACP CSF) Platform members in mourning the passing  on 9 November of Mr. Roosevelt O. King, who was recognised as a stalwart and avid representative of the ACP CSF and a tireless advocate for a more participatory role for ACP civil society under the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. 

Eminent Persons Group advances work on future perspectives of ACP Group

Brussels, November 3, 2015/ ACP:  The ACP Eminent Persons Group (EPG) made significant progress on its work on the future propects of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, with the aim of submitting a final report to ACP Heads of State and Government at the next ACP Summit, which Papua New Guinea has offered to host in May 2016.

Agrifood development in the spotlight – sharing experiences across regions

Bridgetown, Barbados, 31 October 2015/ ACP: A five-day event aimed at promoting synergies between the Caribbean and Pacific to spur agrifood development takes centre stage in the coming week in Bridgetown, Barbados.

ACP gears up for UN Climate Change Conference COP21

Brussels, 31 October 2015/ ACP: An issues paper adopted by the ACP Group’s Sub-committee on Sustainable Development will serve as the basis of a common ACP position at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris this December.

The paper, deliberated upon by regional and international stakeholders on 28-29 October, covers key issues of convergence for the 79 member states spanning Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General meets with the Prime Minister of Senegal

Brussels, 16 October 2015/ ACP: ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes met with the Prime Minister of Senegal H.E Mohammed Dionne on the margins of the Rebranding Africa Forum held in Brussels. Also pictured is the Ambassador of Senegal to the EU H.E Amadou Diop (right).

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Statement by the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo at the ACP Trade Ministers meeting, 21 October 2015, Brussels

I am very pleased to be with you today. This conversation couldn't be more timely, and I hope it will also be very interactive.

I saw many of you yesterday at the African Union meeting, and I apologise in advance if I repeat some of the messages I gave during that session.

I would like to start by recognizing the key role played by the ACP in Geneva – and particularly the work of Ambassador Marion Williams as the Coordinator of the ACP Group.

WTO DG Azevêdo: Nairobi ministerial will be a milestone for the future of the WTO

Brussels, 21 October 2015/ WTO: Attending a meeting of trade ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Brussels today (21 October), WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo outlined the significance of the WTO’s forthcoming ministerial conference in Nairobi in December.

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