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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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Presentation by Mrs Bridgette Radebe, during the High level panel discussion on “Supporting the economic and social transformation of ACP States at regional, continental and global levels”

Presentation by Mrs Bridgette Radebe,  President of the South African Mining Development Association during the High level panel discussion on “Supporting the economic and social transformation of ACP States at regional, continental and global levels”.
 
107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers Meeting in Lomé, Togo, 29th May 2018

Presentation by UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, during the High level panel discussion on “Supporting the economic and social transformation of ACP States at regional, continental and global levels”

Presentation by UNCTAD Secretary-General  Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, during the High level panel discussion on “Supporting the economic and social transformation of ACP States at regional, continental and global levels”

https://youtu.be/aOfwmmPm7ME

Opening Statement by H.E. Prof. Robert DUSSEY at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers Meeting

Opening Statement by H.E. Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Togolese Republic during the opening of the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers Meeting in Lomé, Togo, 29th May 2018.

Opening statement by the President of the ACP Council of Ministers, 107th session, Lomé Togo, 29 May 2018

Opening Statement by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson SMITH, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, President-in-Office of the ACP Council of Ministers, during the opening session of the 107th Session of the ACP Council of  Ministers Meeting in Lomé, Togo, 29th May 2018.

https://youtu.be/9uopfBNATNg

 

Botswana Minister underscores the importance of preserving the unity and cohesiveness of the ACP in the negotiations with the developed nations

STATEMENT BY HONOURABLE VINCENT T. SERETSE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION OF BOTSWANA, DURING THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE 107th ACP COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING ON POST COTONOU, LOME, TOGO, 29 MAY 2018. 

Photos from preliminary meetings prior to the opening of the 107th session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Prior to the opening of the 107th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, consultations took place in order to hear the views from the various regional organisations on how they perceived the future for the ACP Group as it seeks to finalise its Negotiating Mandate.

A Special session was held on 27th May 2018 so that all countries could voice their concerns and views. The consensus at the end of the day was that the ACP draft mandate was to be presented to the formal session of Council on 29th May for consideration.

Prime Minister of Somalia, Mr Hassan Ali Khayre, shares with the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, the vision of his government for a renewed Somalia

Brussels, 3 May 2018/ ACP: The Prime Minister of Somalia, Mr Hassan Ali Khayre, met with Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries in Brussels earlier today.  The main message from the Prime Minister was that Somalia was trying to establish a stable foundation on which to re-build a strong nation.

ACP Facility Helps Fight Energy Hunger in Southern Africa

Sixty-seven-year old Sarudzai Msipa heavily blows air in and out of her mouth, seated in the open-air on a goat skin mat outside her hut as she battles to revive a dying fire on her cooking place set up in the middle of her yard at her remote home in Mwenezi district in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province.
 
Just three sticks are in the fire to keep it alive and there is no sign of leftover firewood nearby. To Msipa, this means times are tough for her and many other villagers as the energy hunger takes a knock on them in this part of Southern Africa.
 

Prime Minister of Samoa calls for genuine and durable partnerships in combating climate change

Brussels, 26 April 2018/ ACP:  The Prime Minister of Samoa, the Honourable Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi met with Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries in Brussels on Monday, urging ACP countries to work together towards building genuine and durable partnership in combating climate change.
 
Indeed, under his leadership Samoa has become an international point of reference in terms of combating climate change thereby making the Prime Minister one of the most visible and influential spokespersons on the latter in the Pacific region. 
 


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