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‘Happiest place on earth’ to host next ACP-EU Joint Council

Brussels, 11 December 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: The Pacific Island Republic of Vanuatu is making large scale preparations in anticipation of the ACP Group’s 95th Council of Ministers and 37th session of the Joint Council with the European Union to be held next June.

 

ACP Ministers resist ‘unilateral deadline’ to wrap up EPAs

Brussels, 10 December 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: Members of the ACP Council of Ministers stressed their commitment to finalising Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with Europe, but staunchly oppose being rushed into free trade deals they say could be detrimental to the lives of their people.

 

PRESS RELEASE: ACP Group, Brazil make historic step towards closer South-South relations

ACP PRESS RELEASE, 9 December 2011: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) and the Federative Republic of Brazil today signed a landmark agreement to build South-South solidarity through enhanced technical cooperation and dialogue between the two parties.

 

PRESS RELEASE: ACP and IMF deepen cooperation to help member economies

IMF Deputy Managing Director Ms Nemat Shifak and ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn ChambasACP PRESS RELEASE, 8 December 2011: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to boost cooperation in the field of capacity building to strengthen members’ economic institutions and policy making expertise.

 

NEWS: CARIFORUM holds inaugural EPA customs committee

Georgetown, Guyana, 8 December 2011/CARICOM: CARIFORUM Officials met with their European Union counterparts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 8, to convene the First Meeting of the Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

This Special Committee Meeting was preceded by a CARIFORUM Preparatory Meeting on December 7.

 

ACP senior officials debate free trade deals at pre-WTO sessions

Brussels, 7 December 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: Senior trade officials from ACP member countries concluded two days of intense discussions in preparation for key meetings within the coming weeks.

 

FEATURED VIDEO: ACP Conference on Renewable Energy

Over one hundred people representing forty countries gathered in Brussels in mid-November in preparation for the UNFCCC COP17 conference. Attending the first day sessions on renewable energy were experts, researchers, beneficiaries, NGO representatives, private investors already present in the ACP countries and prospecting financiers. Discussions focused on scaling up renewable energy investments in the ACP region. Produced by BizClim.

NEWS: African and Pacific groups declare joint support for regional means to boost aid effectiveness

Busan, 30 November 2011/ PIFS/ ACP Newsdesk: Two regional allies of the ACP Group of States, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), have called for stronger recognition of the vital role of regional platforms and organizations in enhancing links between country priorities and global efforts for effective development cooperation.

 

ACP Group lets UNIDO join in Ministerial Council talks

Vienna, 30 November 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: The ACP Group of States and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) signed a new partnership agreement this week that will allow mutual representation at each other’s top meetings, and advance cooperation in certain areas of shared interest.

 

NEWS: African Union preps for 8th WTO Ministerial Conference

Accra, 29 November 2011/ GNA – The African Union (AU) in Collaboration with the African Caribbean Pacific Multilateral Trade System (ACP MTS) on Monday ended a two-day preparatory meeting aimed at facilitating preparations and participation of AU countries for the eighth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Geneva.

    


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