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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COMMUNIQUE: 16th Regional Meeting (Central Africa Region) of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

 
Introduction 
 
In keeping with article 17 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), the parliamentarians from the Central Africa Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Yaoundé (Cameroon), from 17 to 19 July 2018. They expressed their gratitude to the Government and the National Assembly of the Republic of Cameroon for the organisation of this meeting and the steps taken to ensure its success. 
 

The ACP Group mourns the passing of Kofi Annan

The ACP Group joins the world in mourning the loss of Kofi Annan, one of the great peacemakers of the 20th century and a global statesman.

His outstanding leadership was a source of great inspiration to all our 79 Member States.  Our condolences go out to his family, the government and people of Ghana, for giving to the world so great a son, brother and friend to all humanity.

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.

Statement by H.E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith, Ambassador of Jamaica, at her final meeting as Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors, 26 July 2018

Dean of the ACP Group of Ambassadors, Excellencies, dear Colleagues, Secretary General, Members of staff of the Embassies of ACP Member States, Management and Staff of the ACP Secretariat

ACP Group striving for People, Planet and Peace

The UN Agenda 2030 and SDGs opens a new era for a repositioned ACP Group to continue and deepen its decisive role in supporting all ACP member states to achieve the 17 SDGs as the basis for the Sustainable Development of their societies and our only home we have for humanity.
 
The basis and raison d'étre of the ACP is development and this implies "ending poverty in all its forms everywhere" (SDG #1). The unity and solidarity on which the ACP is founded provides a unifying force in adopting measures to end poverty.
 

Namibia supports African Caribbean and Pacific States for post 2020 Cotonou agreement

President Hage Geingob says Namibia will not back down from its position that the Caribbean and Pacific island states be part of the Cotonou agreement post 2020.

The Cotonou Agreement is the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states. The agreement was signed in 2000 and expires in 2020.

Click to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-7PjvXs4_s&feature=youtu.be 

 

26th meeting of the regional cultural committee in Georgetown, Guyana.

 
At CARICOM’s invitation, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), Ambassador Léonard-Emile Ognimba and Culture Expert, Ms. Astrid Audibert, attended the 26th meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee, held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 25 to 26 June 2018.
 

The ACP celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

New Publication on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants in ACP Countries

Trafficking in human beings (THB) and smuggling of migrants (SoM), two distinct but often interrelated phenomena, occur on a global scale. Searching for a way out of economic inequalities, environmental crises, armed conflict, political instability and persecution, and in view of tightening border controls and restricted options for legal migration, migrants are driven to seek the services of smugglers. 
 

The ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomes the authorization by EU Council to commence negotiations for a new ambitious ACP EU Partnership.

BRUSSELS ACP/IDN – The heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states, constituting the European Council, have authorized the European Commission to open negotiations for a new partnership agreement with 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The Group's Secretary-General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes has greeted the decision.


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