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New Ambassadors of Guyana, Timor Leste join ACP Committee

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed new envoys from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (on 15 September) and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (on 30 June), who were presented to their peers at the ACP House in Brussels.  

Three more countries sign Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The Kingdom of Swaziland joined the growing number of ACP countries party to the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

During a special ceremony at the ACP House last week, the Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko (pictured left) signed the agreement, which allows the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

ACP statement on the situation in Gabon

Brussels, 2 September 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States expresses grave concern at the violence which has erupted following the release of the results of the presidential election, which took place in Gabon on 27 August 2016, and which has led to the loss of lives, injuries, and considerable destruction of property.

The ACP Group of States views these developments with particular concern as they could have serious humanitarian consequences and a significant impact on the countries of the region. 

ACP Group highlights special needs of poor, vulnerable countries at UN Conference on Trade & Development

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 July 2016/ ACP: The ACP Group of States reaffirmed its support for a renewed four-year mandate for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTADXIV), with particular attention to the special needs of the poorest and most vulnerable economies of the world.

ACP Group keen to secure robust multilateral rules on fisheries subsidies

Nairobi, Kenya, 21 July 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has called for an agreement for disciplines on fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation, to ensure the sustainability of key marine resources on which many of the 79 ACP member states depend.

ACP Secretary General addresses UNCTAD XIV meeting in Nairobi

Statement by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes delivered on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, at the 14th session of the Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV), 21 July 2016, Nairobi, KENYA

Results of evaluation on ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement announced

Brussels, 20 July 2016/ EC: The European Commission announced the results of its evaluation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), and report on the good progress being made towards the main objectives of the partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.

Fact-finding mission of the Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly to Rome and Lampedusa

Rome, 18 July 2016/ ACP-EU JPA: The Bureau of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly undertook a fact-finding mission to Rome and Lampedusa from 13 to 15 July 2016. The purpose of the mission was to look at how the Italian authorities and other agencies are addressing the influx of migrants and refugees into Italy through Lampedusa, to assess the living conditions, including respect for human rights of migrants and their possibilities of finding decent life in Europe through relocation processes.

Brexit and EPAs: Roundtable explores the implications for developing countries

London, 13 July 2016/ RI/ ACP: The outcome of the 23rd June 2016 referendum has set the UK on a path to leave the European Union (EU) that will also see an end to its being a member of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with several countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 
Brexit will have consequences for the UK, but its impact on these developing countries could also be far reaching. Precisely how and in what ways is however not yet well understood. 
 

ACP Group and UN join forces to advance South-South cooperation

Brussels, 11 July 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) today agreed to embark on concrete joint initiatives to foster South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation amongst their mutual constituencies.

The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for South-South Cooperation and UNOSSC Director Mr. Jorge Chediek signed an exchange of letters at the ACP headquarters in Brussels.

The agreement outlined the key areas of cooperation, including


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