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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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Innovative impact fund to create jobs for rural youth in developing countries

Rome, 15 February 2019/ACP/IFAD: An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries was launched today at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Namibia assumes chairmanship of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels 11 February 2019/ACP: The Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Kaire M. Mbuende will preside over the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific ambassadors in Brussels for the period 1st February – 31 July 2019.

His chairmanship comes at a decisive time when negotiations for a new partnership with the European Union are well advanced and are expected to be concluded during the summer of 2019.

ICC Prosecutor holds an exchange of views with ACP Ambassadors

Brussels, 25 January 2019/ACP: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Dr Fatou Bensouda, addressed the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on Thursday 24 January to express her profound gratitude for the ACP Group's contributions to the work of the International Criminal Court, with 51 out of 79 ACP States having ratified the ICC Rome Statute.

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN MALI

Brussels, 22 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, strongly condemns the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), in Aguelhok, Northern Mali. These unfortunate and barbaric attacks have led to 10 deaths of Chadian Nationals and more than 25 injured. 

STATEMENT BY THE ACP SECRETARY GENERAL ON THE TERROR ATTACKS IN NAIROBI KENYA

Brussels,16 January 2019/ACP: On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the ACP Secretariat, the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick Gomes, having learnt with deep shock and sadness of the terrorists attacks perpetrated in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 January 2019, conveys his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, His Excellency, the President, the Government and the Peoples of the Republic of Kenya. The Secretary General extends his best wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the injured.

EU and ACP countries conclude first round of negotiations to modernise their relations

Brussels, 14 December 2018/ACP: The two chief negotiators met today in Brussels to take stock of the progress achieved and discuss next steps.

The first series of talks between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) led to broad convergence on the structure of the future agreement and the strategic priorities.

The European list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes unilaterally established by the EU has devastating consequences for the economies and financial services of ACP States.

Brussels 14 December 2018/ACP/: The ACP countries are very concerned about the unilateral and discriminatory approach observed by the European Union in tax matters, as evidenced by its decision to publish a European list of so-called non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels 12 December 2018/ACP/: The 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers is scheduled to begin tomorrow 13 December 2018 in Brussels, bringing together officials from 79 ACP countries to take decisions on key development issues, as well as institutional matters involving the future of the organisation.

Chaired by His Excellency Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad, the 108th Session will be the first ACP Ministerial meeting since the start of ACP-EU Post Cotonou negotiations which was officially launched in New York on September 28, 2018.

Eight West African Countries Commit to Preserving their Audiovisual Heritage

The Directive establishing the audiovisual legal deposit in the eight Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA), which was published on 1 December in UEMOA's Official Journal, is the first of its kind in the world. This Directive, which is the only existing example of a common audiovisual legal deposit initiative, will facilitate the preservation of audiovisual heritage in an economic area with 112 million inhabitants, comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte dIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.


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