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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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NEWS: Guyana Parliament ratifies EU's EPA

Gerogetown, 14 May 2012/ ING/ ACP: The Guyana Parliament on Thursday evening, unanimously ratified the European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) states back in 2008, clearing the way for the country to highten its implementation of the trade pact for which the benefits and opportunities are yet to be capitalized on by Guyana.

NEWS: Pacific community thanks EU on Europe Day

Honiara SOLOMON IS, 10 May 2012/ SS/ ACP: On the occasion of Europe Day, 9 May, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Solomon Islands Government thanked the European Union (EU) for its support to many key activities in Solomon Islands.

Mr. Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, commented: “EU funding has helped Solomon Islands Government and its partner SPC implement valuable projects in many sectors to help Solomon Islanders improve their quality of life.”

NEWS: Rwanda receives 89m Euro towards food production

Kigali RWANDA, 8 May 2012/ NT/AA/ACP: The government has obtained a grant worth €89m (Rwf 69.2 billion) from the European Union to support agricultural programmes focused on increasing food production nationwide.

“Dismal” ACP services sector demands urgent attention, says SG

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: Poor infrastructure and high vulnerability to external shocks has meant low services exports amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, says the ACP Group’s chief executive.

UN, ACP, Rwandan Embassy mark genocide memory with joint ceremony

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: A commemoration to honour the estimated 800,000 to 1 million lives lost at the hands of genocidaires in Rwanda in 1994 was jointly held by the ACP Secretariat, the United Nations, and the Rwandan Embassy on Monday 30 April at the ACP House.

OPINION: Why the EU should maintain Regulation 1528 on ACP-EU free trade

Former President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa gives his insight on why Regulation 1528 will hurt the efforts of developing countries to successfully integrate into the world trade system. Article originally published in The Zimbabwe Mail, 02/05/2012

 

Higher quality standards and ‘smart’ dialogue seen as potential boost for ACP-EU trade talks

Brussels, 1 May 2012/ ACP/ CPTM: An afternoon of ‘Think Tanking’ discussions at the ACP House this Wednesday will tackle some of the difficulties in ACP-EU free trade, with a focus on how “smart partnership approaches” and higher quality standards can energise trade between nations.

NEWS: Guyana, EU start negotiations for major accord against illegal timber harvesting

Georgetown, GUYANA, 23 April 2012/ KNews: Guyana has started negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a major accord that will ensure only legally harvested timber enters that market. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), once signed, will see increased monitoring to ensure that timber harvesting is in keeping with international standards.

ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012/ ACP: An outline of initial actions aimed towards building a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been drawn up by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
 

ACP joins partners in first steps of post-Busan South-South cooperation efforts

Brussels 18 April, 2012: An outline of initial actions aimed towards a system for South-South (SSC) and Triangular cooperation (TrC) has been finalised by a working group of multilateral partners, including the ACP Group, after a key summit on the issue last month.
Among other initiatives, the Building Block on South-South and Triangular Cooperation will look at conducting a mapping exercise of current forums, models and mechanisms of SSC and TrC, with an aim of producing a “Menu of Practices” and a set of referential guidelines for SSC and TrC.


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