ACP Group of States refines its vision for future relations with EU and world

Brussels, 5 May 2017/ ACP: The Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States closed its 105th session with two key decisions that will influence how the bloc of 79 countries will carve out a more effective role in the international arena.

Opening ceremony of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels, 3 May 2017/ ACP: The 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers was opened today in Brussels, gathering high level officials from the 79 member states of the ACP Group to discuss and take decisions on major issues of common concern and interest. 

The 105th session of Council is presided over by the Minister of Finance and Cooperation of Ethiopia Dr. Abraham Tekeste. 

Following opening remarks by the ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes, the President-in-Office of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji addressed the Council of Ministers as a special invited guest.

Statement by the Secretary General at the Opening of the 105th session of the ACP Council of Ministers, Brussels, 3 May 2017

Your Excellency Ambassador Peter THOMSON, President of the 71st UN General Assembly,

Your Excellency, Dr. Abraham TEKESTE, Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and President of the 105th Session of the ACP Council,

Honourable Ministers,


Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tallinn conference aims to share e-governance knowledge, build capacity in ACP countries

Brussels 1 May 2017/ ACP: Estonia’s premier annual event on e-governance will focus on ACP countries this 29-31 May, due to the growing interest in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in modernising their governance systems and implementing innovative e-governance solutions.

ACP 1-on-1 INTERVIEW: H.E. Mr. Teshome Toga Chanaka, Ambassador of Ethiopia and Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 29 April 2017/ ACP: The Ambassador of Ethiopia to the Benelux countries and the European Union H.E Mr. Teshome Toga Chanaka presides over the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group for the period 1 February 2017 - 31 July 2017. He shares with ACP Press priority issues for the coming months in his tenure, including discussions on the future of the ACP Group, including ACP-EU relations. 


Statement by the Secretary General at the High-Level Conference “Sixty Years and Beyond - Contributing to Development Cooperation”, Rome, 27 April 2017

Delivered under the Second axis: “Working together: new partnerships, actors and tools” at the High Level Conference on EU development cooperation, marking the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. 

New Ambassador of Burkina Faso addresses ACP diplomats

Brussels, 12 April 2017/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors welcomed their newest member, the new Ambassador of Burkina Faso, H.E. Mrs Jacqueline Marie Zaba Nikiéma on Wednesday 12 April at the ACP headquarters.

Burkina Faso President to be ‘champion’ for ACP cotton producers

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 7 April 2017/ ACP: The President of Burkina Faso H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré committed to become a champion for the development of the cotton sector in Africa, rounding off a ‘Cotton Week’ full of activity jointly organised by the ACP Secretariat and the Government of Burkina Faso from the 27th – 31st March.

Workshops focus on West African fruit and vegetable sectors

Lomé, Togo, 7 April 2017/ COLEACP/ ACP: National and regional talks on enhancing the West African fruit and vegetable sector while boosting exports, took place in Lomé, Togo from 4-6 April, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water Resources of the Republic of Togo, the ACP Secretariat and the COLEACP.

The workshops aimed to identify key factors for the development of successful fruit and vegetable sectors.

Commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda at ACP House

Brussels, 7 April 2017/ ACP: ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, along with ACP diplomats, the Rwandan diaspora in Belgium and friends of Rwanda gathered at the ACP House in Brussels on the 7th of April to paid tribute to the victims of genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.
After calling for a minute of silence to remember the tragic loss of more than a million lives over the course of 100 days, the Secretary General firmly condemned the genocide in his statement on behalf of the ACP Group.

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