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


Inter-Regional High-Level Consultation in Barbados

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Bridgetown, Barbados 26 March 2019/ACP:  ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes will address a two-day inter-regional high-level consultation in Barbados from 26 to 27 March 2019 on comparative regionalism in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
The conference, dubbed “Revisiting the Georgetown Agreement: Comparative Region-Building in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific” is being organised by the ACP Secretariat, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), and the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Service.
Members of Government, Diplomats, scholars, and civil society actors across the three ACP regions will be invited to discuss selected topics around five broad themes: Region-Building in the Caribbean; Regionalism in the Pacific; Continental Regionalism: The African Union (AU); Region-building in Central, West and Southern Africa and Tripartite Regionalism: the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
The two-day event will be also an opportunity for reflections by public officials and practitioners of international affairs from the global South. Exchanges will be made on the origins, changing context and geo-political dynamics in which the ACP Group of States is crafting amendments to its 1975 Constitutive Act, the Georgetown Agreement.
The 1975 Georgetown Agreement established the ACP. The group comprises Cuba and the 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries which are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement: an accord between the ACP and the European Union (EU). The ACP has 48 members in sub-Saharan Africa, 16 in the Caribbean, and 15 in the Pacific. The four key objectives of the group include: to promote and strengthen unity and solidarity among ACP States; to coordinate the activities of the ACP in the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement; to consolidate, strengthen, and maintain peace and stability as a precondition for improving the well-being of the one billion-strong ACP population in a democratic and free environment; and to promote and reinforce intra-ACP regional integration so as to enable ACP states to increase their competitiveness and to meet the challenges of globalization.
Region-building and regional integration have the potential to enhance inclusive sustainable economic growth and development, peace, security, justice and good governance in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions.
Region-building refers to efforts by states in a common geographical space to cooperate in ways that enhance their political, economic, social, security, and cultural integration. Regional integration presupposes strengthening the capacity of states to perform their core functions.  Effective region-building involves democratic governance, visionary leadership, and the adoption of common values.  The high cost of doing business due to overlapping regional memberships, inadequate infrastructure, and low levels of intra-regional trade, have all negatively affected region-building and regional integration efforts in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. It is thus important to engage these issues systematically, and to identify appropriate policy responses for enhancing institutional frameworks across all three regions.


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