Update on Negotiations

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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Calls for Proposals and Tenders - ACP EU Culture Supporting the Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries

Works Contract Notice - Extensive Renovation Works of the ACP Building, Brussels, Belgium

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Call for Proposals for ACP Innovation Fund, Ref: EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/Multi

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2019 Edition 

Call for Proposals of the ACP Digital Financial Services

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation Capacity in ACP Countries

Call for proposals: ACP EU CULTURE "Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”

Contract Notice of the  Call for Tenders for the Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries.

Décision d'attribution: Assistance technique au Secrétariat ACP pour la gestion du programme ACP-UE Culture

Service Contract Award Notice: Technical Assistance for a complete Architecture & Engineering Mission and Project Management Services for the extensive renovation of the ACP Building, Brussels

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: ACP-EU PSD Knowledge Management Technical Support Function / Light PSD Structure TSF, Budget 6,000,000 EUR


ESA Signatories of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement Prepare for Negotiations in October

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Brussels, 18 September 2019: Member States of the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) signatories of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement held an internal meeting from 20-22 August in Cape Town, South Africa to prepare for the negotiations on the strengthening of the ESA - EU interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EU - iEPA). The group, which consists of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe (ESA – 5) harmonised and coordinated their positions in advance of the first joint negotiations with the EU at technical level which will be held in Mauritius from 3-4 October 2019.

H.E. Mr. Marcus Cornado, EU Ambassador in South Africa, expressed, in his opening statement at the meeting in Cape Town, the EU’s appreciation for the commitment of the ESA-5 to negotiate the deepening of the iEPA and to move the EU-ESA partnership to a higher level. He also welcomed Comoros to the negotiations as a member of the ESA iEPA group and confirmed that the EU will be committing additional funds.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Mr. Haymandoyal  Dillum, Ambassador of Mauritius in Belgium and Chair of the ESA-5 countries, welcomed all the participants and thanked the EU for its continued support to the ESA-5. He further reiterated the commitment of the ESA-5 countries to negotiate a modern and ambitious development-oriented trade agreement with the EU, despite the globally challenging trade environment.

Welcoming this new development, Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department at the Brussels-based African, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat, congratulated Ambassador Dillum and the members of ESA-5 on this step ahead to further the negotiations, calling it: “A new and long-anticipated development in EPA negotiations, in terms of responding to calls by  Member States  and the ACP Secretariat for the widening and deepening of the concluded iEPAs. “

Substantive issues of interest to the ESA-5 relating to the negotiations will be discussed during the first technical meeting to be held in Mauritius.

The Honourable Prime Minister of Mauritius, H.E. Pravind Jugnauth will launch both the regional ministerial talks and the joint negotiations in Mauritius on 2 October 2019 in the presence of the ministers of the ESA–5 countries and EU dignitaries. During the Launch, an agreement on the Scoping Paper on the Deepening of the EU-ESA iEPA and the Roadmap will be signed in the presence of the Ministers of the five iEPA Member States.




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