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PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General with President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Peter Thomson of Fiji

New York, 23 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes paid a courtesy call to the President of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly H.E. Peter Thomson, Ambassador of Fiji, while in New York for the meetings of the UNGA.

The Secretary General welcomed Fiji's election to the seat, this being the first time for a Pacific Island country to hold the presidency.

St. Kitts and Nevis presides over ACP Committee of Ambassadors as new Chair

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors, one of the most active decision-making organs of the ACP Group, will be chaired by the Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States (including St. Kitts and Nevis), H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael for the period 1 August 2016 – 31 January 2017.

Ambassador Ishmael made her inaugural address last Thursday 15 September as Chairperson of the body, which comprises of plenipotentiaries from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Brussels Development Briefing n.46: Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets

Brussels, 21 September 2016/ CTA/ ACP: A policy briefing kicks off today focusing on innovative opportunities for food tourism and the link between sustainable tourism, agriculture and cuisine in small island states.

This Briefing will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels), organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

New Ambassadors of Guyana, Timor Leste join ACP Committee

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed new envoys from the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (on 15 September) and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste (on 30 June), who were presented to their peers at the ACP House in Brussels.  

Three more countries sign Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

Brussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The Kingdom of Swaziland joined the growing number of ACP countries party to the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

During a special ceremony at the ACP House last week, the Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko (pictured left) signed the agreement, which allows the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

ACP Group highlights special needs of poor, vulnerable countries at UN Conference on Trade & Development

Nairobi, Kenya, 22 July 2016/ ACP: The ACP Group of States reaffirmed its support for a renewed four-year mandate for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTADXIV), with particular attention to the special needs of the poorest and most vulnerable economies of the world.

ACP Group keen to secure robust multilateral rules on fisheries subsidies

Nairobi, Kenya, 21 July 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has called for an agreement for disciplines on fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organisation, to ensure the sustainability of key marine resources on which many of the 79 ACP member states depend.

Results of evaluation on ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement announced

Brussels, 20 July 2016/ EC: The European Commission announced the results of its evaluation of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), and report on the good progress being made towards the main objectives of the partnership between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.

Brexit and EPAs: Roundtable explores the implications for developing countries

London, 13 July 2016/ RI/ ACP: The outcome of the 23rd June 2016 referendum has set the UK on a path to leave the European Union (EU) that will also see an end to its being a member of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with several countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
 
Brexit will have consequences for the UK, but its impact on these developing countries could also be far reaching. Precisely how and in what ways is however not yet well understood. 
 

Joint conference zooms in on lessons, best practices in ACP-EU higher education, research programmes

Brussels, 6 July 2016/ ACP: A Joint Stakeholders’ Conference held on 5-6 July at ACP House gathered beneficiaries and stakeholders of three Intra-ACP flagship programmes in the higher education, science and technology and research sectors, under the ACP-EU partnership.


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