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The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the International Fund for Agricultural Development Strengthen their Cooperation

New York, 25 September 2018: On the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a letter of intent to intensify collaboration between the two institutions and support the implementation of development goals in their common Member States.
 

ACP supports CIBE on current sugar price distortion

In many ACP countries, sugar is a crucial component of economic activity, and a significant provider of employment, social services and foreign exchange .
 
The ACP Group welcomes the call of the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) in its press release of 19 September, for the European Union to address imbalances in the sugar market. CIBE notably requests that the EU “put pressure on countries dumping subsidised sugar on the world market.”
 

Seychelles and 79-Nation ACP Secretariat to Focus on 'Blue Economy' at the UN

 
 
The Secretariat of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the government of 115-island Seychelles east of mainland East Africa are organizing a joint event at the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2018 – enabling Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to share experiences in harnessing the blue economy and to identify areas of further development.
 

Next Brussels Briefing no. 52 “Food safety: a critical part of the food system in Africa”

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 52 on “Food safety: a critical part of the food system in Africa” will take place on 19 September 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission (DG DEVCO & DG Health and Food Safety), the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Global Food Safety Partnership.
 

Welcome speech by Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes at the opening of the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarrying (ASM18)

On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), I am proud to welcome you to the ‘International Conference on Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and Quarrying’. The ACP Group is an organization established by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975 with 79 member states (48 from sub-Saharan Africa, 16 in the Caribbean and 15 in the Pacific). 
 

Strengthening artisanal and small-scale mining for socio-economic development and poverty reduction in ACP Countries

Over 500 people from more than 70 countries have assembled in Livingstone, Zambia for the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarrying (ASM18) to chart a vision for sustainable development in the sector. 
 
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is an important livelihood activity for millions of people in the developing world representing as many as 90% of the global mining workforce, however, environmental, social, business and labour challenges have hindered the potential of ASM to contribute to sustainable development. 
 

Chad takes over presidency of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

 
The ACP Committee of Ambassadors, the second tier, decision-making organ of the ACP Group, will be presided over by the Ambassador of Chad, H.E Mrs. Ammo Aziza Baroud for the period 1 August 2018 – 31 January 2019.
 
Ambassador Ammo Aziza Baroud took over from the outgoing President, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith of Jamaica, on Tuesday 31 July 2018 at the ACP Secretariat headquarters. Chad concurrently assumes the Presidency of the ACP Council of Ministers. This task is entrusted to the Chadian Minister of Economy and Development Planning, His Excellency Issa Doubragne.

ACP States boost Fisheries Sector with Euro 40 M Grant

Fisheries and Aquaculture competitiveness in ACP countries will receive a strong boost from an Intra-ACP allocation of the European Development Fund (EDF) aimed at enhancing the key role that Fisheries and Aquaculture could play in social and economic development across African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. It is well recognized that Fisheries and Aquaculture make a significant positive contribution to employment creation, revenue generation, and food security- all of which are crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG14 on Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.

COMMUNIQUE: 16th Regional Meeting (Central Africa Region) of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

 
Introduction 
 
In keeping with article 17 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), the parliamentarians from the Central Africa Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Yaoundé (Cameroon), from 17 to 19 July 2018. They expressed their gratitude to the Government and the National Assembly of the Republic of Cameroon for the organisation of this meeting and the steps taken to ensure its success. 
 

The ACP Group mourns the passing of Kofi Annan

The ACP Group joins the world in mourning the loss of Kofi Annan, one of the great peacemakers of the 20th century and a global statesman.

His outstanding leadership was a source of great inspiration to all our 79 Member States.  Our condolences go out to his family, the government and people of Ghana, for giving to the world so great a son, brother and friend to all humanity.


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