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SPEECH: Statement by ACP Secretary General at the 25th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 4 October 2011 

Mr. President,
Hon. Members,
Your Excellencies Ambassadors of ACP States,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Belgian Chief of Protocol revives relations with ACP

Brussels, 1 October 2011: The Chief of Protocol from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Development Cooperation paid a special visit to the Committee of Ambassadors last week to bolster relations with representatives of the ACP family of nations.

Mr Pierre Labouverie, who has a long history of ambassadorship in various ACP countries, led the visiting delegation, accompanied by Deputy Chiefs of Protocol Mr Christian Van den Hove and Adviser to Embassies Mr Carl Peeters.

Secretary General joins board of peace-building group International Alert

Brussels, 1 October 2011: In progressing ACP’s outreach to civil society forums, Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas has joined the board of trustees of International Alert (Alert), one of the world’s largest peace building organizations.

ACP family mourns loss of three international icons

Brussels, 30 September 2011: The ACP Group regrets the loss of two distinguished statesmen and one Nobel laureate from its family of nations who all passed away within days of each other last month.

National hero and former Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. George Price passed away 19 September at age 92. Rt Hon. Price is considered the founding father of Belize, having led the nation to independence from Britain three decades ago in September 1981. He served as Belize’s first Prime Minister from 1981-1984 and again in 1989-1993. 

ACP applauds Miss Angola/ Miss Universe

Brussels, 30 September 2011: Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the recent victory 25-year-old Angolan Laila Lopes, who won the Miss Universe crown in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12 September.

Miss Lopes beat out contestants from nearly 90 countries to take the coveted title at the pageant’s 60th anniversary.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP head congratulates new President of Zambia

ACP PRESS RELEASE, 29 September 2011: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group, Dr. Mohamed Ibn CHAMBAS, has noted with the utmost satisfaction, the Presidential, legislative and local elections held in Zambia on 20 September 2011.

 

PRESS RELEASE: ACP queries European bid to abolish sugar quotas

ACP PRESS RELEASE, 20 September 2011: The ACP Sugar Group has recently been made aware through media reports of an “impact study” made by and for the European Commission.  This study refers to proposals for changes in the European sugar regime. Though Commission consultations appear to be on-going, the press presents these proposals as those the Commission favours.

It is hoped that this is not accurate as some of the key assumptions and results are more than questionable.

Longest-serving ACP ambassador bids farewell as Dean

Brussels, 19 September 2011: ACP Ambassadors paid tribute to their peer from Djibouti, H.E Mr. Mohamed Moussa Chehem, who concluded a distinguished decade-long term as Dean of ACP Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Corps of the Arab League last Thursday.

ACP fosters new alliance with leading African development agency

Brussels, 18 September 2011: A special guest at the Committee of Ambassadors last week highlighted the powerful potential for partnership between the ACP Group and Africa’s major development organization. 

PRESS RELEASE: Panel to tackle key issues in mineral resource management

ACP PRESS RELEASE - 12 September 2011: Experts and Ambassadors will gather at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) headquarters in Brussels this Friday, 16 September, to discuss critical topics in managing the exploitation of mineral resources in the ACP region.

 The one-day strategic seminar, titled “Stakes, challenges and perspectives on mineral resources management in ACP countries”, is hosted by the ACP Group, as part of an ongoing series of meetings focused on sustainable development for its member states.


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