CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum to “jump-start” EPA use

Bridgetown, BARBADOS, 4 April 2012/ CE/ JO/ ACP: A forum set for July aims to help businesses capitalise on the Caribbean’s free trade agreement with Europe, which has not seen many notable outcomes since it was signed in October 2008.


NEWS: Ireland Foreign Affairs committee to discuss EU proposal to withdraw free market access to some ACP countries

Brussels, 4 April 2012/ PB: Officials from Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will attend the meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade today, 4th April to discuss COM (2011)598 relating to Economic Partnership Agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

NEWS: South-South cooperation shown as alternative to direct aid in Nigeria-Gambia TAC scheme

Banjul, GAMBIA, 4 April 2012/ DOB/ AA: At least 74 Technical Aid Corps (TAC) volunteers from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who were deployed to The Gambia in March 2010, have successfully completed their two-year tour of duty in the country.

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.

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