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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.

SPEECH: Address of the Secretary General at the 27th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 20 March 2012 in Brussels

ACP Parliamentary Assembly March 2012

(Photo: 27th ACP Parliamentary Assembly Plenary, ACP House)

ADDRESS OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL on the occasion of the 27th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 20 March 2012

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ACP shares condolence upon loss of Tongan Head of State

Brussels, 20 March 2012/ ACP: Parliamentarians from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries observed a minute of silence this morning in Brussels, in solidarity with the people of Tonga after the death of the country's monarch King George Tupou V on Sunday afternoon.

NEWS: Kenyan flower sector in jeopardy as EU mulls over EPA deadline

Brussels, 18 March 2012/ The Standard (Kenya): Kenya’s flower exports to the European Union (EU) will be subjected to a 16 per cent duty should a proposal to impose a deadline on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations sail through the European Parliament this year.

NEWS: YoBloCo awards rewards ACP youth and institutions for agri-blogging

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ARDYIS: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has announced the winners of the first edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).

NEWS: EPA framework can improve investment flow says CARICOM study, but faces low investor awareness

Georgetown GUYANA, 16 March 2012/ CARICOM/ GT: The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) of the African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP Group) provides a comprehensive framework to improve the flow of investments between the two parties, says a new report commissioned by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat-based EPA Implementation Unit.

ACP holds minute of silence in honor of lives lost in coach accident

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ACP: The Secretary General and staff of the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, today joined the Belgian nation in observing a minute of silence at 11h00 in honour of the 28 lives lost in a tragic coach crash in Switzerland on Tuesday 13 March. Amongst those killed were 22 children and six adults.


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