Intra-Africa trade may ease stalled EPA negotiations, says ACP Group

Brussels, 5 February 2012: The 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has shown its strong support for efforts towards an Africa-wide free trade area - the key focus of the recent African Union summit for Heads of State, held 23 to 30 January in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

EU highlights trade-led growth as central to modern development agenda

Brussels, 4 February 2012/ EU - The European Commission has recently adopted a Communication that outlines how the EU's trade, investment and development policies can work hand-in-hand to support poverty reduction as well as inclusive and sustainable growth in developing

Press Briefing and Breakfast with the Secretary General, Thursday 9 February

First address of the year from the ACP Secretary General, H.E. Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas

9h30 Registration and Coffee/ 10h00 Press Briefing

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: "Endless options" for ACP future, says new Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassdors

Brussels, 3 February 2012/ ECDPM: On the 1st of February H.E. Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, Ambassador of Saint Lucia, took over as Chairperson of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors. She will preside the group for the coming 6 moths.

Communiqué de Presse: Présentation du rapport Général du 1er Congrès Panafricain sur la culture et ses liens avec l’économie en Afrique

Le RAPEC en partenariat avec l’UNESCO et le Groupe ACP  rend publique le rapport d’activité des travaux du premier congrès panafricain. Ayant pour thème : La culture, levier du développement en Afrique.

NEWS: Guyana gets EU boost for sugar sector competitiveness

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, 1 February 2012/ Knews/ ACP: The European Union (EU) has pledged another multi-million disbursement of funds in support of the Guyana sugar industry, one of the many Caribbean countries crippled by a cut in sugar prices by the EU, its biggest market for sugar. Guyana can expect around EUR 24.9 million this year, on the heels of a EUR12.5 million package received last December.


NEWS: Jamaica Gov't, local communes align to protect forests under GCCA-ACP programme

ST ANDREWS, Jamaica, 1 February 2012/ JIS/ ACP: Rural Jamaican communities will have a more proactive hand in protecting the country's forests, with a shared management system launched this week between the St. Andrews communities of Dallas Castle and Constitutional Hill and the Government's Forestry Department.


NEWS: EU-Pacific business forum proposed at ACP BizClim high level conference

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 31 January 2012/ BizClim/ Vanuatu Daily Post – The Government of Vanuatu has echoed a key recommendation to hold a special forum between EU and Pacific representatives to discuss how to foster business and investment between the two regions.

NEWS: ACP-EU power project brings electricity to Namibian rural community

TSUMKWE, Namibia, 31 January 2012/ New Era – NamPower on Wednesday unveiled the much-awaited N$26-million solar-diesel hybrid electricity supplier at Tsumkwe, funded by the ACP-EU Energy Facility.

NEWS: Interim EPA credited for survival of Ghana exports to Europe

ACCRA, Ghana, 31 January 2012/ Ghana News Association: Ghana’s interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU is the reason most local businesses such as the banana and pineapple are surviving today, Mr George Kporye, President of African Pineapples and Bananas Association (APIBANA) has said.

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