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108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers

Brussels 12 December 2018/ACP/: The 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers is scheduled to begin tomorrow 13 December 2018 in Brussels, bringing together officials from 79 ACP countries to take decisions on key development issues, as well as institutional matters involving the future of the organisation.

Chaired by His Excellency Dr. Issa Doubragne Minister for the Economy and Development Planning of Chad, the 108th Session will be the first ACP Ministerial meeting since the start of ACP-EU Post Cotonou negotiations which was officially launched in New York on September 28, 2018.

Eight West African Countries Commit to Preserving their Audiovisual Heritage

The Directive establishing the audiovisual legal deposit in the eight Member States of the West African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA), which was published on 1 December in UEMOA's Official Journal, is the first of its kind in the world. This Directive, which is the only existing example of a common audiovisual legal deposit initiative, will facilitate the preservation of audiovisual heritage in an economic area with 112 million inhabitants, comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte dIvoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

ACP-EU: MEPs agree on a partnership tailored to the international context

During the 36th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 3 to 5 December in Cotonou (Benin), Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries debated and adopted several resolutions.
 
Parliamentarians debated the concrete involvement of the international community in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, and the political situation in Cameroon. Resolutions on the fight against cybercrime and drug trafficking, the development of small and medium enterprises in ACP countries and wildlife trafficking were adopted, as well as urgent resolutions on the impact of climate change and the rise of populism.
 

Minister Pato signs ACP Administrative Cooperative Agreement

Brussels, 29 October 2018 /ACP/: Papua New Guinea has taken steps to strengthen and deepen its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU and other ACP states that have similar trading arrangements.
 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Rimbink Pato who attended the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 26 October 2018, signed the ACP Administrative Cooperation Agreement (ACA), making it possible for Papua New Guinea to enter into intra-ACP trade relations with the cumulation of the rules of origin.
 

Press Conference of the ACP Chief Negotiator Professor Robert Dussey, 16th October 2018 in Brussels.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
 
Let me welcome you and thank you all for being here.
 

European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States commence negotiations on a new Partnership Agreement

Today the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) group will begin negotiations on the future of their cooperation after 2020. The ambition is to transform today's partnership into a modern political alliance.  
 

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and the International Fund for Agricultural Development Strengthen their Cooperation

New York, 25 September 2018: On the margins of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a letter of intent to intensify collaboration between the two institutions and support the implementation of development goals in their common Member States.
 

ACP supports CIBE on current sugar price distortion

In many ACP countries, sugar is a crucial component of economic activity, and a significant provider of employment, social services and foreign exchange .
 
The ACP Group welcomes the call of the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) in its press release of 19 September, for the European Union to address imbalances in the sugar market. CIBE notably requests that the EU “put pressure on countries dumping subsidised sugar on the world market.”
 

COMMUNIQUE: 16th Regional Meeting (Central Africa Region) of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

 
Introduction 
 
In keeping with article 17 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), the parliamentarians from the Central Africa Region of the ACP Group and their European counterparts met in Yaoundé (Cameroon), from 17 to 19 July 2018. They expressed their gratitude to the Government and the National Assembly of the Republic of Cameroon for the organisation of this meeting and the steps taken to ensure its success. 
 

The ACP Group mourns the passing of Kofi Annan

The ACP Group joins the world in mourning the loss of Kofi Annan, one of the great peacemakers of the 20th century and a global statesman.

His outstanding leadership was a source of great inspiration to all our 79 Member States.  Our condolences go out to his family, the government and people of Ghana, for giving to the world so great a son, brother and friend to all humanity.


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