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ACP Secretary General pays courtesy call on President Danny Faure of Seychelles


President Danny Faure received the Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), Dr Patrick Gomes, at State House today. Dr Gomes is in Seychelles on an official visit to further discuss follow up actions by the ACP Secretariat for implementation of the ACP Negotiating Mandate for the Post Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

ACP Group striving for People, Planet and Peace

The UN Agenda 2030 and SDGs opens a new era for a repositioned ACP Group to continue and deepen its decisive role in supporting all ACP member states to achieve the 17 SDGs as the basis for the Sustainable Development of their societies and our only home we have for humanity.
The basis and raison d'étre of the ACP is development and this implies "ending poverty in all its forms everywhere" (SDG #1). The unity and solidarity on which the ACP is founded provides a unifying force in adopting measures to end poverty.

Namibia supports African Caribbean and Pacific States for post 2020 Cotonou agreement

President Hage Geingob says Namibia will not back down from its position that the Caribbean and Pacific island states be part of the Cotonou agreement post 2020.

The Cotonou Agreement is the trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states. The agreement was signed in 2000 and expires in 2020.

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26th meeting of the regional cultural committee in Georgetown, Guyana.

At CARICOM’s invitation, Assistant Secretary-General (ASG), Ambassador Léonard-Emile Ognimba and Culture Expert, Ms. Astrid Audibert, attended the 26th meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee, held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 25 to 26 June 2018.

The ACP celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

New Publication on Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants in ACP Countries

Trafficking in human beings (THB) and smuggling of migrants (SoM), two distinct but often interrelated phenomena, occur on a global scale. Searching for a way out of economic inequalities, environmental crises, armed conflict, political instability and persecution, and in view of tightening border controls and restricted options for legal migration, migrants are driven to seek the services of smugglers. 

The ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomes the authorization by EU Council to commence negotiations for a new ambitious ACP EU Partnership.

BRUSSELS ACP/IDN – The heads of state or government of the 28 EU member states, constituting the European Council, have authorized the European Commission to open negotiations for a new partnership agreement with 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The Group's Secretary-General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes has greeted the decision.

2nd Oceans Forum on Trade-related Aspects of SDG 14

Fish and seafood is one of the most traded food commodities in the world. Some 38 per cent of world production enters international trade, of which more than half originates in developing countries. Global exports reached 153 US$ billion in 2017, slightly up compared to 2016. The net trade income for developing countries (export – import), valued at US$ 36 billion in 2016, is greater than all other agricultural commodities combined.

Statement by Prime Minister of Fiji, H.E. Mr Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, during a Special Meeting of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, June 22 2018

Madame Chairperson of the Committee of Ambassadors, Secretary-General of the ACP Group, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Bula Vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all.

Statement by Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, representing the Council of the European Union at the 35th session of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 20 June 2018

Honourable Co-Presidents, Distinguished members of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to be here today, to participate in this 35th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and to represent the Council of the European Union at the request of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

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Presentation by Ambassador Grum Abay of Ethiopia to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 28-09-18

Presentation by Ambassador Jacob Kaimenyi of Kenya to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 28-09-18

Introductory remarks by Amb. Rebelo Pinto Chikoti of Angola to ACP Com. of Ambassadors - 28/6/18


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