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ACP Secretariat mourns passing of colleague Irene Handane

Brussels, 16 February 2016/ ACP: The Management and Staff of the ACP Secretariat mourned the loss of fellow staff member Mrs. Irène Handane (pictured), who passed away on 6th February 2016.

In a special ceremony, colleagues remembered Mrs. Handane, a national of Mali, who committed more than 24 years in service to the ACP Group of States as an Interpreter (English to French).

Republic of Congo takes over presidency of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 1 February 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will be chaired by the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), H.E. Roger-Julien Menga for the period 1 February 2016 to 31st July 2016.

He takes over from the Ambassador of Lesotho, H.E. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa.

New ambassadors of Namibia, Ghana welcomed

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed its two newest members, namely H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo of Ghana and H.E. Dr. Kaire Mbuende of Namibia, who addressed their fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific envoys for the first time during a special ceremony in Brussels last Thursday 21 January.

Joint event highlights South-South and Triangular Cooperation for women and youth empowerment

South-South Cooperation

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: Developing countries in the South offer a myriad of development solutions – knowledge, experiences and good practices, innovative policies, technology, know-how, and resources – that have proven cost-effective and have huge potential to be up-scaled for the benefit of others.

INTERVIEW: EEAS interview with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: As the post-Cotonou discussions intensifies, editor of the European External action Service (EEAS) Newsletter on EU-Africa affairs Africa YEEAS!, Mr. José Costa-Perreira discusses ACP outlooks on ACP-EU relations with Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes. The following interview was originally published in the January 2016 edition of the newsletter.


India shares South-South cooperation experience

Brussels, 18 January 2016/ ACP: Representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels joined in on a stimulating discussion on South-South cooperation, during a special presentation by one of India’s leading experts on the issue, at ACP House on Wednesday 13 January.

New study on cultural training courses in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Brussels, 15 January 2016/ ACPCP/ ACP: A new study on ACP cultural training courses, published by the ACPCultures + Programme, will help upskill practitioners and upscale the cultural sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Sen. Maxine McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados and Spokesperson of the ACP Group at the WTO

Nairobi, 19 December 2015/ ACP: The ACP Group is the largest negotiating constituency in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and has over the years become increasingly influential in trade negotiations. On December 15-19, Kenya hosted the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, the first time for an ACP country to do so.

ACP countries determined not to “bury” Doha Agenda in Nairobi

Nairobi, 17 December 2015/ ACP: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries join more than 160 delegations from around the world in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this week, to thrash out details of major global trade deals at the 10th ministerial conference (MC10) of the World Trade Organisation.
The conference – the highest decision making body of the WTO – has been well-known for stalemates and difficulties, where developed and developing countries are often on opposite sides of the table.

Liberia becomes 62nd ACP country to join WTO

Nairobi, 17 December 2015/ ACP: The Republic of Liberia will now be able to become a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organisation, after its membership deal was approved at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, 16 December. The deal will enable the country to take better advantage of free trade opportunities in the multilateral trading system.

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