Republic of Congo takes over presidency of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 1 February 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States will be chaired by the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), H.E. Roger-Julien Menga for the period 1 February 2016 to 31st July 2016.

He takes over from the Ambassador of Lesotho, H.E. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa.

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group gears up for major summit in May

Brussels, 29 January 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes will engage a number of African leaders this weekend to apprise them of the upcoming 8th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 31 May – 1 June 2016.

New ambassadors of Namibia, Ghana welcomed

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors recently welcomed its two newest members, namely H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo of Ghana and H.E. Dr. Kaire Mbuende of Namibia, who addressed their fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific envoys for the first time during a special ceremony in Brussels last Thursday 21 January.

Joint event highlights South-South and Triangular Cooperation for women and youth empowerment

South-South Cooperation

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: Developing countries in the South offer a myriad of development solutions – knowledge, experiences and good practices, innovative policies, technology, know-how, and resources – that have proven cost-effective and have huge potential to be up-scaled for the benefit of others.

INTERVIEW: EEAS interview with ACP Secretary General

Brussels, 25 January 2016/ ACP: As the post-Cotonou discussions intensifies, editor of the European External action Service (EEAS) Newsletter on EU-Africa affairs Africa YEEAS!, Mr. José Costa-Perreira discusses ACP outlooks on ACP-EU relations with Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes. The following interview was originally published in the January 2016 edition of the newsletter.


Statement by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States following the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Burkina Faso

Brussels, 19 January 2016/ ACP: The Secretariat of the ACP Group of States was stunned and deeply shocked to learn of the barbaric and despicable attacks perpetrated against the people of Burkina Faso in Inabao, part of the northern province of Oudalan, and in the heart of Ougadougou, the capital, at the Splendid and Yibi Hotels and the Capuccino Cafe. 

India shares South-South cooperation experience

Brussels, 18 January 2016/ ACP: Representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels joined in on a stimulating discussion on South-South cooperation, during a special presentation by one of India’s leading experts on the issue, at ACP House on Wednesday 13 January.

New study on cultural training courses in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Brussels, 15 January 2016/ ACPCP/ ACP: A new study on ACP cultural training courses, published by the ACPCultures + Programme, will help upskill practitioners and upscale the cultural sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Sen. Maxine McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados and Spokesperson of the ACP Group at the WTO

Nairobi, 19 December 2015/ ACP: The ACP Group is the largest negotiating constituency in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and has over the years become increasingly influential in trade negotiations. On December 15-19, Kenya hosted the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, the first time for an ACP country to do so.

ACP countries determined not to “bury” Doha Agenda in Nairobi

Nairobi, 17 December 2015/ ACP: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries join more than 160 delegations from around the world in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this week, to thrash out details of major global trade deals at the 10th ministerial conference (MC10) of the World Trade Organisation.
The conference – the highest decision making body of the WTO – has been well-known for stalemates and difficulties, where developed and developing countries are often on opposite sides of the table.

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