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Next Brussels Briefing n. 50: “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities”

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 50 on “Growing food in the cities: Successes and new opportunities” will take place on 10 April 2018 from 09h00 to 13h00, ACP Secretariat, Brussels 451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels. This Briefing is organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, and CONCORD .

ACP-EU Private Sector Development (PSD) support Programme: “Business ACP” is now on track

Brussels, 4 April 2018, ACP: “Business ACP,” the ACP Private Sector Development Platform, created in the context of the implementation of the Joint ACP-EU Program for ACP Private Sector Development Support is now in place.
 
It will be recalled that the ACP-EU Council of Ministers adopted a Joint Cooperation Framework for Private Sector Development (PSD) support in ACP countries, at its Nairobi meeting (June 2014). The ACP-EU Council of Ministers also envisaged the creation of a joint platform for enhancing the ACP-EU dialogue on private sector development. 

ACP Members of Parliaments support the spirit of unity in lead up to post Cotonou Negotiations

Brussels, 23 March 2018/ ACP: The ACP Parliamentary Assembly held its 49th session and first plenary meeting of the year on Wednesday 21 March at ACP House in Brussels. Hon. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono of Cameroon, the new president of the Assembly, presided over deliberations, which brought together lawmakers from more than 70 countries to discuss relevant political and development issues and prepare for the intersessional meetings with members of the European Parliament. 

Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers, March 26-27, 2018: Opening Address by the Honorable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Colleague Ministers, Distinguished Delegates,

It is a distinct honour and privilege for me to deliver these brief opening remarks at this Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers. I am equally pleased to welcome you to the fair shores of our twin-island paradise, St. Kitts and Nevis, during our busy tenure as chair of CARIFORUM. We assure you that we will exert every effort to ensure that we have a productive meeting, and that you have a most pleasant experience in St. Kitts and Nevis.

We can all agree that we serve at a time when the tectonic plates on which our engagement with the European Union rest, continue to shift. It is a time which requires us simultaneously to:

ACP Prize for Women and Youth: The ACP Secretariat focuses on creativity and entrepreneurship at the Paris Book Fair

 

The objective of the “African Literatures Pavilion” is to ensure the visibility of African literature at major international events.  After  the Pavilion’s success, following its launch at the Paris Book Fair in 2017, this initiative by the Agence Culturelle Africaine (African Cultural Agency) or ACA, has snowballed and increased its promotional spaces in Europe, and soon, in Africa.

ACP and IFAD strengthen cooperation

Brussels, 6 March 2018 /IFAD/ACP:  The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), H.E Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, was received by the ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes and the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, as part of a strengthening of cooperation between the two organizations.
 
As the ACP Group and IFAD share common development priorities, the meeting was an opportunity for both institutions to widen and deepen their relationships in line with agenda 2030 and sustainable development goals. 

New Ambassadors of Rwanda, Tuvalu join ACP family in Brussels

Brussels, 16 February 2018/ ACP: New representatives of ACP member states Rwanda and Tuvalu were presented to the Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday, along with a formal introduction of the new Permanent Representative of the African Union.

Strategies to boost transformative role of ACP mining sector endorsed at high level meeting

Brussels, 14 February 2018 /ACP:  Concrete strategies to enhance the transformative role of mining in African, Caribbean and Pacific economies were endorsed at a high level ministerial meeting in Brussels this week, targeting enhanced policy options, sustainable job creation and inter-sectoral linkages.

Remarkable contributions to culture sector, creative industries celebrated

Brussels, 10 February 2018/ ACPCulturesPlus/ ACP: Pioneering projects such as Lamb - the first Ethiopian film ever to be selected at the Cannes festival, and Docusound - a network of radio documentary makers, many of whom are disabled, were celebrated amongst a wide range of success stories at the final conference of the ACPCultures+ Programme, held 8-9 February at the ACP House in Brussels.

Jamaica to steer Committee of Ambassadors in lead up to Post-Cotonou talks

Brussels, 12 February 2018 ACP: The Ambassador of Jamaica to the European Union, H.E. Mrs. Sheila Sealy Monteith has set in motion a rigorous plan of action under Jamaica’s chairmanship of the influential ACP Committee of Ambassadors, made up of envoys from 79 member states who regularly gather to monitor the organisation’s activities and policy implementation.

As Chairperson for the period 1 February – 31 July 2018, Ambassador Monteith will also lead a new Bureau of six regional coordinators, along with the Troika, who are responsible for coordinating the work of the Committee of Ambassadors.


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