ACP welcomes new Assistant Secretary General

Brussels, 23 September 2014/ ACP: Mrs. Ivy Dondo Chaza was presented to the Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday as the newly appointed ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Administration, Finance and Human Resources. Her tenure began on 1 September 2014.

IN THE NEWS: East Africa to close ACP-EU trade deal

Nairobi, 21 September 2014/ Capital FM: The East African Community (EAC) has reached a common position on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which it intends to sign with the European Union.

The agreement was reached following a two-day Ministerial meeting held in Arusha on Friday and Saturday, 19-20 September, according to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

All-ACP development cooperation policy examined

Brussels, 21 September, 2014/ ACP: Results of an intensive study carried out on the outlooks of a cohesive development cooperation policy for the 79 member countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group were presented to ACP delegations at a joint meeting of the ACP Sub-committee on Development Finance Cooperation and the ambassadorial Working Group on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group on Friday 19 September.
 

ACP grassroots women “gold mine” for sustainable development, study finds

Brussels, September 16, 2014/ ACP: A newly released study on the role of women in advancing sustainable human development in African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries has highlighted the “outstanding contributions” of grassroots women on the ground, across a wide range of development sectors. 
 

Statement by the Secretary General at the General Assembly of the World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisation (WAITRO), 16 September 2014, Copenhagen

Mr. Martin Lidegaard, Honourable  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark,

Your Excellences; Distinguished Participants; Ladies and Gentlemen

Allow me first to thank the organisers, for inviting me in my capacity as the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, to participate in the WAITRO General Assembly and its 22nd Biennial Congress.

Former ACP Secretary General to head UN office for West Africa

Brussels, 15 September 2014/ ACP: Former Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has been appointed as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA). 
 

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly meetings postponed

Brussels, 15 September 2014/ ACP: The 36th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), previously scheduled for 23-26 September have been postponed. 
 

21 ACP countries signed National Indicative Programmes with the EU

Brussels, 10 September 2014/ EC/ ACP: European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and representatives from 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, co-signed the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Apia, Samoa, for a total amount of €339 million.
 

IN THE NEWS: Nigeria's Technical Aid Corps for ACP countries to expand to Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam

Abuja, 10 September 2014/ TD/ NAN: Nigeria is to send volunteers to provide technical assistance to Brazil, Venezuela and Vietnam, the Director-General, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, has said.
 

Eminent Persons Group brief ACP Ambassadors to the WTO on initial findings of 18-month review

Geneva, 9 September 2014/ ACP: The Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States met the ACP Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to solicit their views on the Group’s future perspectives up to and beyond 2020 when the Partnership Agreement with the European Union known as Cotonou Agreement comes to an end.


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