President of Equatorial Guinea announces plans for ACP Centre for South-South Cooperation

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 18 October 2016/ ACP: The President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recently announced the country’s commitment to host an ACP information centre for South-South Cooperation in its capital city Malabo, which would foster cooperation amongst the 79 member countries of the ACP Group of States, as well as ACP collaboration with other partners of the Global South.

ACP-EU support to cultural sectors: Results and perspectives

Brussels, 27 October 2016/ ACP: Supporting the cultural sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries has been a key focus for the ACP Group, with increasing support allocated from the Intra-ACP envelopes of the European Development Fund (EDF), under the ACP-EU partnership agreement.

On Friday, 28 October, a special conference at the ACP House will examine the main results and impacts of ACP-EU programmes in the cultural sector, supported with up to €14.33 million under the 9th cycle of the EDF from 2000 - 2007 and up to €30 million under the 10th EDF covering 2008-2013.

ACP Statement on the situation in Kenya

Brussels, 27 October 2016/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attacks perpetuated on 25 October 2016 in Mandera, Northern Kenya, by terrorist organisations which has led to the death of 12 people.

The ACP Group extends its condolences to the families of the victims as well as the people of the Republic of Kenya. The ACP stands firmly with the Government of Kenya as it confronts terrorism which poses serious threats to international peace and security.

ACP Press Clubs come together to launch milestone federation

Kigali, Rwanda, 26 October 2016/ ACP: Leaders of press clubs and press centres from across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Kigali on 20 and 21 October during a pioneering congress, which culminated in the adoption of a charter officially founding the ACP Press Clubs Federation (ACP-PCF).

The ACP-PCF aims to establish a network of national press clubs or press centres, working in collaboration to strengthen the viability and professionalism of media bodies in ACP regions, and to foster intra-ACP communication, cooperation, and networking with similar international bodies around the world.

Secretary General addresses ACP Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels

Wednesday 12 October 2016
- Hon. Netty Baldeh, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- Honourable Members,
- Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present and Representatives of Missions
- Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Concept notes welcome for trade capacity grants under ACP-EU TradeComII program – deadline 8 November

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP-EU TradeComII Programme is accepting concept papers from a wide range of actors who wish to carry out trade-related programmes, training, research and networking activities for the benefit of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Trade research or training institutions, academic institutions with specific trade programmes, export promotion or agencies, private sector advocacy organisations; and certain international organisations are invited to make submissions.

ACP and WCO team up to support implementation of WTO MC 10 LDC outcome on rules of origin

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) have teamed up to assist the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the ACP Group to realise the benefits of the package of measures agreed to by the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015.

Pacific-Caribbean learning exchange to strengthen capacity for researchers and extension officers

Kingston, Jamaica, 10 October 2016/ IntraACP APP Press Release: Nine Pacific Island researchers and extension officers commenced a two week learning exchange in the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Trinidad. Over the next 2 weeks extension officers from Vanuatu, Samoa, PNG, Fiji and the Pacific Community will learn and exchange practices covering staple crops such as yams, dasheen (taro), cocoyam (xanthosoma) and sweet potatoes with their Caribbean counterparts.

ACP paper to prep countries for Marrakech Climate Change Conference COP22

Brussels, 5 October 2016/ ACP:  In the lead up to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP 22) this November 2016, representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries gathered in Brussels this week to discuss key climate concerns for the ACP Group of States.

This special session of the ACP Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development aimed to facilitate exchange of views amongst the ACP regions and with partners, in order to agree on an ACP paper which delegates of ACP member states could use during the COP22 negotiations.

European Parliament calls for major reforms in ACP-EU relations after 2020

Brussels, 4 October 2016/ European Parliament Press Release: The Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU needs to be reformed in order to improve its effectiveness, MEPs said in a resolution adopted Tuesday. They call for a new legally binding framework that focuses on global development goals, human rights and enhances regional cooperation.

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