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NEWS: Zimbabwe-EU trade rises

Harare, 22 February 2012/ AllAfrica.com: ZIMBABWE’S trade with the European Union increased by 36 percent last year, reaching 664 million euros from 488 million euros in 2010, the European Union Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Aldo Dell’Ariccia, has said.

Ambassador Dell’Ariccia said initial data on Zimbabwe-EU trade in 2011 showed improvements in both imports and exports.

The ambassador was speaking at a seminar on the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement hosted by ZimTrade yesterday.

ACP, Equatorial Guinea push ahead with groundwork for major leaders’ summit

Brussels, 23 February 2012/ ACP: Major players are on the move with preparations for the 7th ACP Heads of State Summit scheduled for December 2012.

ACP Group launches anthem competition

Brussels, 22 February 2012/ ACP: Composers and musical groups throughout the 79 member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group have been invited to submit entries for a common anthem that would embody the “spirit, ideals and objectives” of the Group.

NEWS: EAC high level workshop on WTO and EPA negotiations concludes

ARUSHA, Tanzania, 17 February 2012/ APO: A four-day workshop by the East African Community (EAC) on the interaction between the WTO and EPA negotiations ended yesterday at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania.

 

Brussels Briefing targets pastoralism in ACP countries

Brussels, 17 February 2012/ ACP/ CTA: Two panels of speakers will discuss the huge economic potential of pastorialism in ACP countries, as well as the challenges, opportunities and policy frameworks supporting around 268 million pastorialists in Africa.

 

New Chair of Ambassadors urges ACP unity amidst “external volatility”

ACP Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors Shirley Skerritt-AndrewBrussels, 15 February 2012/ ACP: The newly appointed Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors has encouraged solidarity amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, in the face of a “volatile” geopolitical environment.

Inaugural Address of the Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors, on Assumption of Chairmanship Feb-July 2012

Secretary General - Assistant Secretaries General - Distinguished Ambassadors - Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.  Let me start by expressing sincere gratitude to my Colleague CARIFORUM Ambassadors for their unwavering support to Saint Lucia as it assumes chairmanship of the ACP Council of Ministers. I also am grateful to Colleague ACP Ambassadors for the trust that you have bestowed on me by allowing me to serve this Committee as its Chairperson for the next six months.

 

NEWS: CARICOM, Chile to intensify dialogue, cooperation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 9 February 2012/ CARICOM: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States and Chile have committed to intensifying political dialogue and cooperation as part of efforts towards sustainable development, and the improvement of the well-being of their peoples.

NEWS: Gambia gets EUR10m for governance tech support

BANJUL, Gambia, 6 February 2012/ The Point: The European Union and the Gambia government on Friday 3 February signed a €10 million (ten million euro equivalent to D400 million) agreement to support improving democratic and economic governance in The Gambia.

Intra-Africa trade may ease stalled EPA negotiations, says ACP Group

Brussels, 5 February 2012: The 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has shown its strong support for efforts towards an Africa-wide free trade area - the key focus of the recent African Union summit for Heads of State, held 23 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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