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Statement by the ACP Group on the Political Situation in The Gambia

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States continues to monitor closely the unsettling political developments in The Gambia, following the successfully conducted elections of December 1, the graceful concession of defeat by President JAMMEH on December 2, and the latter’s subsequent reversal of that decision on December 9.  The ACP Group joins the international community in condemning the decision by outgoing President JAMMEH to subsequently contest the results of the elections, which had been declared free, fair and transparent by the Independent Electoral Commission, and which threatens the peace and harmony for which The Gambia is renowned.  Various strata of the Gambian society have unanimously condemned this volte-face – the lawyers, business community, stud

ACP sugar producing countries welcome new study on current and forecast market developments for ACP sugar suppliers to the EU market

Brussels, 18 November 2016/ ACP: The ACP Sugar Group welcomed the recent publication of the “Study on Current and Forecast Market Developments for ACP Sugar Suppliers to the EU Market”, which was undertaken by Cardno/LMC International and funded by the European Union. The study sets out a comprehensive assessment of the risks for ACP/EBA sugar producers as a result of changes to the EU sugar regime and it contains a series of helpful recommendations aimed at mitigating the impacts of the reform on the ACP sugar sector.

ACP-EU support to cultural sectors: Results and perspectives

Brussels, 27 October 2016/ ACP: Supporting the cultural sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been a key focus for the ACP Group, with increasing support allocated from the Intra-ACP envelopes of the European Development Fund (EDF), under the ACP-EU partnership agreement.

On Friday, 28 October, a special conference at the ACP House will examine the main results and impacts of ACP-EU programmes in the cultural sector, supported with up to €14.33 million under the 9th cycle of the EDF from 2000 - 2007 and up to €30 million under the 10th EDF covering 2008-2013.

ACP Statement on the situation in Kenya

Brussels, 27 October 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attacks perpetuated on 25 October 2016 in Mandera, Northern Kenya, by terrorist organisations which has led to the death of 12 people.

The ACP Group extends its condolences to the families of the victims as well as the people of the Republic of Kenya. The ACP stands firmly with the Government of Kenya as it confronts terrorism which poses serious threats to international peace and security.

ACP Press Clubs come together to launch milestone federation

Kigali, Rwanda, 26 October 2016/ ACP: Leaders of press clubs and press centres from across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Kigali on 20 and 21 October during a pioneering congress, which culminated in the adoption of a charter officially founding the ACP Press Clubs Federation (ACP-PCF).

The ACP-PCF aims to establish a network of national press clubs or press centres, working in collaboration to strengthen the viability and professionalism of media bodies in ACP regions, and to foster intra-ACP communication, cooperation, and networking with similar international bodies around the world.

President of Equatorial Guinea announces plans for ACP Centre for South-South Cooperation

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 18 October 2016/ ACP: The President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recently announced his commitment to host an ACP information centre for South-South Cooperation in the country's capital city Malabo, which would foster cooperation amongst the 79 member countries of the ACP Group of States, as well as ACP collaboration with other partners of the Global South.
 

Secretary General calls for commitment to rebranding the African continent

Address by the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, on the occasion of the Rebranding Africa Forum 2016 
 
13 October 2016, Brussels
 
Your Excellency, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, 
Rt. Honourable Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished Representatives of regional and international institutions,
Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors,
Distinguished Guests,
 


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