Update on Negotiations

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.






Applications for the posts of Assistant Secretaries-General at the ACP Secretariat

Grants awarded under the EuropeAid call for proposals EuropeAid/164206/IH/ACT/Multi publié le 17.04.2019

Supporting the cultural and creative sectors in the ACP countries – Q&A #2 – 12/01/2020

Vacancy: Head of Conference Services

Vacancy: Conference Messenger

Calls for Proposals and Tenders - ACP EU Culture Supporting the Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries

Works Contract Notice - Extensive Renovation Works of the ACP Building, Brussels, Belgium

Seeking partnership under ACP Innovation Fund?

Call for Proposals for ACP Innovation Fund, Ref: EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/Multi

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2019 Edition 

Call for Proposals of the ACP Digital Financial Services

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation Capacity in ACP Countries

Call for proposals: ACP EU CULTURE "Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”

Contract Notice of the  Call for Tenders for the Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries.

Décision d'attribution: Assistance technique au Secrétariat ACP pour la gestion du programme ACP-UE Culture

Service Contract Award Notice: Technical Assistance for a complete Architecture & Engineering Mission and Project Management Services for the extensive renovation of the ACP Building, Brussels

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: ACP-EU PSD Knowledge Management Technical Support Function / Light PSD Structure TSF, Budget 6,000,000 EUR


High level meeting to tackle SME financing in ACP countries

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Brussels, 12 October 2011: Top executives from regional banks, economic communities and financial and industrial holdings in the ACP region will gather in Brussels this Thursday for the Second High Level Workshop on Enhancing Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) financing in ACP countries.

The 2-day event on 13 – 14 October 2011 will focus on how to improve SME financing and maximise access to the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Management Investment Facility in the region. The investment facility is endowed with roughly €3 billion risk-bearing revolving fund geared to fostering private sector investment in ACP countries.

Preliminary findings from a study commissioned by the ACP on the operation, scope and access to the facility will also be presented. The study, initiated in July, was carried out in four ACP countries, including Ghana, Togo, Dominican Republic and Grenade.

“This is a very critical workshop where we will look at how exactly we can increase the leveraging capacity of ACP regional banks, in making use of funds availed by the EU. Looking at the development miracles happening in our Asian and Latin American neighbours, this week’s meeting will explore how our regional banks can serve as instruments for this type of progress in our own ACP countries,” stated Assistant Secretary General and Head of ACP’s Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department Mr Achille Bassilekin III.

In addition, talks will continue on the prospects of establishing an ACP Trade and Investment Bank, a scheme presented at the First High Level Workshop in July 2011. The ACP was mandated by its Council of Ministers to prepare recommendations for the establishment of such an institution.

The Agenda for the Second High Level Meeting on SME Financing include:

  1. Establishment of an ACP Trade and Investment Bank
  2. The Asian experience in SME financing and lessons for ACP countries
  3. Social entrepreneurship and SME financing
  4. Mapping out available financing instruments and needs
  5. Study on SME financing – wrap up and key actions needed to ensure effective use of the study results and recommendations

For full programme of the meeting, download (EN/ FR). -END-

(Pictured: Assistant Secretary General and Head of ACP's Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department Mr Achille Bassilekin III)

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