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Belgian Chief of Protocol revives relations with ACP

Brussels, 1 October 2011: The Chief of Protocol from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade and Development Cooperation paid a special visit to the Committee of Ambassadors last week to bolster relations with representatives of the ACP family of nations.

Mr Pierre Labouverie, who has a long history of ambassadorship in various ACP countries, led the visiting delegation, accompanied by Deputy Chiefs of Protocol Mr Christian Van den Hove and Adviser to Embassies Mr Carl Peeters.

Secretary General joins board of peace-building group International Alert

Brussels, 1 October 2011: In progressing ACP’s outreach to civil society forums, Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas has joined the board of trustees of International Alert (Alert), one of the world’s largest peace building organizations.

ACP family mourns loss of three international icons

Brussels, 30 September 2011: The ACP Group regrets the loss of two distinguished statesmen and one Nobel laureate from its family of nations who all passed away within days of each other last month.

National hero and former Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. George Price passed away 19 September at age 92. Rt Hon. Price is considered the founding father of Belize, having led the nation to independence from Britain three decades ago in September 1981. He served as Belize’s first Prime Minister from 1981-1984 and again in 1989-1993. 

ACP applauds Miss Angola/ Miss Universe

Brussels, 30 September 2011: Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the recent victory 25-year-old Angolan Laila Lopes, who won the Miss Universe crown in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12 September.

Miss Lopes beat out contestants from nearly 90 countries to take the coveted title at the pageant’s 60th anniversary.

Longest-serving ACP ambassador bids farewell as Dean

Brussels, 19 September 2011: ACP Ambassadors paid tribute to their peer from Djibouti, H.E Mr. Mohamed Moussa Chehem, who concluded a distinguished decade-long term as Dean of ACP Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Corps of the Arab League last Thursday.

ACP fosters new alliance with leading African development agency

Brussels, 18 September 2011: A special guest at the Committee of Ambassadors last week highlighted the powerful potential for partnership between the ACP Group and Africa’s major development organization. 

First South Sudanese delegation to visit ACP House

Brussels, 12 September 2011: Twelve diplomats from the Republic of South Sudan were welcomed at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) House in Brussels last week.

This is the first delegation from South Sudan, soon to be the newest member of the ACP Group since the nation gained independence in July 2011.

Opening Statement by Mr.Achille BASSILEKIN III, Assistant Secretary General, Head of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department during the Workshop on the Draft Framework of Action for the Development of Mineral Resources in ACP Countries

Brussels, 20 May 2011

Excellencies Ambassadors,
Distinguished Representatives of International Organisations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First and foremost I would like to convey the apologies of the Secretary General, Dr. Chambas who could not make it to the meeting this morning due to other important commitments. It is therefore on his behalf that I welcome you all to the ACP House today.

Opening Remarks by Achille BASSILEKIN, Assistant Secretary Gener,al Head of the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department ACP Group of States Secretariat Brussels at the International Partnerships Conference: Doing Business with Africa March 2

Honourable Ministers,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Secretary-General of the ACP Group, and on my own behalf, I thank the Government of Canary Islands, Casa Africa and the Corporate Council on Africa for inviting us to this important event.


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