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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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ACP-EU NEGOTIATIONS: TAKING THE ROAD TO PROSPERITY TOGETHER

Professor Robert Dussey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo and Chief negotiator for the ACP Group of States

Brussels, 09 October 2018/ACP : Talks on a new agreement between the ACP and the EU will only bear fruit if both parties take the road to prosperity together, writes the ACP’s chief negotiator, Robert Dussey, on the post-Cotonou talks.

From Commodities Programme to the New Approach

Stakeholders of the ACP-EU Commodities Programme met at ACP House on 2nd October 2018 for the last Steering Committee of the Programme. This was followed on 3rd October by an Information Session on programme results and impact in beneficiary countries, and which targeted Brussels-based ACP Representatives and other partners, including the European Commission.

National Authorizing Offices Representatives of CARIFORUM States, regional organizations being trained to implement EDF-funded projects

02 October 2018/CARICOM/ACP: Representatives of National Authorizing Offices of CARIFORUM States and regional organizations/institutions involved in EDF-funded programmes are currently in Guyana for a training programme for projects funded by the European Development Fund.

The event is being held at the Grand Coastal Hotel and is being facilitated by the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM). It began on Monday and will conclude on 10 October, 2018.

Promoting Blue Economy for Food Security and Economic Growth at the UN

New York, 26 September 2018, The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations and the Republic of Seychelles conjointly organised an event in the sidelines of the of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), to enable Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to share their experiences in harnessing the potential of the Blue Economy and further explore areas for greater development. 
 

Seychelles and 79-Nation ACP Secretariat to Focus on 'Blue Economy' at the UN

 
 
The Secretariat of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the government of 115-island Seychelles east of mainland East Africa are organizing a joint event at the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2018 – enabling Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to share experiences in harnessing the blue economy and to identify areas of further development.
 

Next Brussels Briefing no. 52 “Food safety: a critical part of the food system in Africa”

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 52 on “Food safety: a critical part of the food system in Africa” will take place on 19 September 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission (DG DEVCO & DG Health and Food Safety), the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Global Food Safety Partnership.
 

Strengthening artisanal and small-scale mining for socio-economic development and poverty reduction in ACP Countries

Over 500 people from more than 70 countries have assembled in Livingstone, Zambia for the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarrying (ASM18) to chart a vision for sustainable development in the sector. 
 
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is an important livelihood activity for millions of people in the developing world representing as many as 90% of the global mining workforce, however, environmental, social, business and labour challenges have hindered the potential of ASM to contribute to sustainable development. 
 

Chad takes over presidency of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

 
The ACP Committee of Ambassadors, the second tier, decision-making organ of the ACP Group, will be presided over by the Ambassador of Chad, H.E Mrs. Ammo Aziza Baroud for the period 1 August 2018 – 31 January 2019.
 
Ambassador Ammo Aziza Baroud took over from the outgoing President, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith of Jamaica, on Tuesday 31 July 2018 at the ACP Secretariat headquarters. Chad concurrently assumes the Presidency of the ACP Council of Ministers. This task is entrusted to the Chadian Minister of Economy and Development Planning, His Excellency Issa Doubragne.

ACP States boost Fisheries Sector with Euro 40 M Grant

Fisheries and Aquaculture competitiveness in ACP countries will receive a strong boost from an Intra-ACP allocation of the European Development Fund (EDF) aimed at enhancing the key role that Fisheries and Aquaculture could play in social and economic development across African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. It is well recognized that Fisheries and Aquaculture make a significant positive contribution to employment creation, revenue generation, and food security- all of which are crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG14 on Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.

ACP Secretary General pays courtesy call on President Danny Faure of Seychelles

 

President Danny Faure received the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Dr Patrick Gomes, at State House today. Dr Gomes is in Seychelles on an official visit to further discuss follow up actions by the ACP Secretariat for implementation of the ACP Negotiating Mandate for the Post Cotonou Partnership Agreement.


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