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NEWS: EU to increase investment in Zimbabwe

Harare, ZIMBABWE, 1 April 2012/ TSZ: THE European Union (EU) says it intends to increase trade and investment relations with Zimbabwe and has urged the country to take advantage of the bloc’s support for  the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa).

The EU is funding and providing technical assistance to Comesa in order to enhance regional integration and trade activities.

NEWS: 215 Hectares replanted in Jamaica under ACP Forest Management Project

Kingston, JAMAICA, 1 April 2012/ JIS: A total of 215 hectares (531 acres) of watershed areas have been replanted utilising 113,914 seedlings, under the Local Forest Management Committee (LFMC) project, implemented through funding from the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group.

NEWS: CARIFORUM and EU sign EUR 82.6 million in agreements

Georgetown, GUYANA, 29 March 2012/ CARICOM: The Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM) and the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday signed three financial agreements designed to boost the Caribbean Region’s ability to deliver tangible results of integration to its populace.

Brussels briefing 27: Expert panels probe prospects and threats to small island economies

Brussels, 28 March 2012/ CTA/ ACP: The 27th Brussels Policy Briefing will be convened next week to focus on the unique vulnerabilities and opportunities facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Thirty eight SIDS (out of 52 indentified by the United Nations) are members of the ACP Group.

 

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Group commends successful elections in Senegal

Brussels, 26 March 2012/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, H.E Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas has applauded the Republic of Senegal for a successful and transparent election process, which concluded Sunday 25 March with a new president-elect Mr Macky Sall.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP reacts to the coup d'etat in Mali

Brussels, 23 March 2012/ ACP: The ACP Group expresses deep concern about the coup d’état in Mali which is a major setback for constitutional democratic governance in that country and in Africa.

NEWS: EU team eyes new deadline for Kenya EPA

Nairobi, KENYA, 22 March 2012/ NS/ AA: The harsh reality of Kenyan horticulture exports attracting 16 percent duty in its main European market is drawing closer, as the window for negotiation between Europe and Kenya on new trade rules under Economic Partnership agreements arrangement slowly shuts.

The chairman of Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament Vital Moreira yesterday said the EPA negotiations that have taken a decade must concluded this year.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Parliamentary Assembly deplores attacks in Mali

Warns of possible spread of crisis to other African regions

Brussels, 22 March 2012/ ACP: The Parliamentary Assembly of the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has strongly condemned recent attacks carried out by armed groups in the north of Mali and calls for their immediate cessation and the protection of the civilian population.

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Members of Parliament urge more understanding from Europe on free trade agreements

Brussels, 22 March 2012/ ACP: Spirited calls from Parliamentary Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have appealed for flexibility, empathy and “practical reason” from European authorities, regarding stalled free trade negotiations with their regions.

ACP Keynote Statement at 2nd European Raw Material Conference, 20 March 2012, Brussels

Keynote address delivered by Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat and Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade on the occasion of the 2nd European Raw Material Conference held in Brussels, Belgium 20 March 2012.


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