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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.

ACP Trade ministers ‘concerned’ with preparations for upcoming WTO ministerial

Brussels, 21 October 2010/ ACP: Ministers and senior officials of trade from more than 50 member countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are in Brussels for two days to decide on a common strategic position in the lead up to the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 15-18 December.

The WTO Conference is the highest decision-making body and meets every two years. It can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.

ACP joins Benin in mourning loss of former President Kerekou

Brussels, 19 October 2015/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes conveyed his condolences on behalf of the ACP Group to the Government and people of Benin, following the death of distinguished statesman and former President, H.E. General Mathieu Kerekou on October 14th.

Brussels Briefing No.43: Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries

Brussels, 14 October 2015/ CTA/ ACP: The 43rd Brussels Briefing organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), ACP Secretariat and European Commission will discuss the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation for agricultural and rural development in ACP countries.

Sudan, Malawi diplomats welcomed by ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 13 October 2015/ ACP: Newly appointed Ambassadors to the European Union from the Republics of Malawi and Sudan were received by fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific envoys, whereby they affirmed their strong support for the ongoing work to reinforce the 79-member ACP Group in the post-2015 and post-2020 era.  

Kenya signs Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation

Brussels, 6 October 2015/ ACP: The Republic of Kenya became the third ACP country to sign the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements signed between ACP regions/countries and the EU

Debate examines ACP-EU cooperation in the post-2015 era

Brussels, 6 October 2015/ ACP: A full day of discussions dedicated to how “fit for purpose” the ACP-EU framework is in terms of delivering international cooperation objectives beyond 2015, was organised by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) on 30 September.

IPS interview with ACP Secretary General: "We need to do development differently in the post-2015 era," says ACP SG

Brussels, 2 October 2015/ IPS/ ACP: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at a summit meeting of world leaders at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sep. 25, reflect the five strategic domains the ACP Group is gearing to focus on, as it repositions itself as a more effective organisation in the global arena, says the 79-nation bloc’s head Dr Patrick Gomes.

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