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68th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 16 April 2018 /ACP/EU: The 68th meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Committee of Ambassadors took place on Friday 13 April 2018 in Brussels, under the chairmanship of H.E. Mrs. Sheila Sealy Monteith Ambassador of Jamaica and Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors. 
 
The meeting was co-chaired for the European Union by H.E Mr. Dimiter Tzantchev Ambassador of Bulgaria and Chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee of the European Union.
 

New Ambassador of Barbados welcomed in Brussels

Brussels, 12 April 2018 /ACP: The ACP Secretariat and the ACP Group had the pleasure to welcome back to Brussels, the new Ambassador of Barbados, Her Excellency Ms. Joy-Ann Skinner. Ambassador Skinner served at her Embassy in Brussels from 2000 to 2005 as First Secretary. In this capacity, she chaired the ACP States Rum Working Party, and successfully defended Caribbean rum interests at the World Customs Organisation.
 

ACP Group Looks Forward to Becoming 'Effective Global Player

While preparing for talks on future relations with the European Union (EU) after the Cotonou Agreement expires in February 2020, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is engaged in concerted efforts to reshape itself into "an effective global player" serving as a catalyst and an advocate for defending, protecting and advancing multilateralism, within the overarching framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 

Intra-ACP GCCA+ - regions at the heart of climate implementation

Brussels, 11 April 2018/ GCCA+ Intra ACP: The Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme conducted its first Regional Coordination Meeting on 26-28 March 2018 at the ACP House in Brussels. 
 
The meeting brought together Intra-ACP GCCA+ regional partners to discuss programme implementation and foster inter and intra ACP coordination and cooperation. 
 

Next Brussels Briefing n. 50: “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” will take place on 10 April 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing is organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD .

STATEMENT BY H.E. PATRICK I. GOMES, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ACP GROUP OF STATES ON THE OCCASION OF THE 24th COMMEMORATION OF THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE, Saturday 7 APRIL 2018.

Your Excellency, Mr. Amandin Rugira Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda,
 
Your Excellency, Mrs Sheila Monteith, Ambassador of Jamaica and the Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors,
 
Distinguished Invited Guests and Friends,
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers from Rwanda,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

ACP-EU Private Sector Development (PSD) support Programme: “Business ACP” is now on track

Brussels, 4 April 2018, ACP: “Business ACP,” the ACP Private Sector Development Platform, created in the context of the implementation of the Joint ACP-EU Program for ACP Private Sector Development Support is now in place.
 
It will be recalled that the ACP-EU Council of Ministers adopted a Joint Cooperation Framework for Private Sector Development (PSD) support in ACP countries, at its Nairobi meeting (June 2014). The ACP-EU Council of Ministers also envisaged the creation of a joint platform for enhancing the ACP-EU dialogue on private sector development. 

ACP Members of Parliaments support the spirit of unity in lead up to post Cotonou Negotiations

Brussels, 23 March 2018/ ACP: The ACP Parliamentary Assembly held its 49th session and first plenary meeting of the year on Wednesday 21 March at ACP House in Brussels. Hon. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono of Cameroon, the new president of the Assembly, presided over deliberations, which brought together lawmakers from more than 70 countries to discuss relevant political and development issues and prepare for the intersessional meetings with members of the European Parliament. 

Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers, March 26-27, 2018: Opening Address by the Honorable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Colleague Ministers, Distinguished Delegates,

It is a distinct honour and privilege for me to deliver these brief opening remarks at this Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers. I am equally pleased to welcome you to the fair shores of our twin-island paradise, St. Kitts and Nevis, during our busy tenure as chair of CARIFORUM. We assure you that we will exert every effort to ensure that we have a productive meeting, and that you have a most pleasant experience in St. Kitts and Nevis.

We can all agree that we serve at a time when the tectonic plates on which our engagement with the European Union rest, continue to shift. It is a time which requires us simultaneously to:


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