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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.

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Statement by The Hon. Olivier Nduhungihere at the 38th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Kigali, 21/11/2019/ACP: The 38th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly took place from 17 to 21 November in Kigali, Rwanda. The Honourable Olivier Nduhungihere, Secretary of State, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Rwanda, delivered a statement at the Plenary Session on behalf of the President-in-Office of the ACP Council of Ministers. 

Issues of sustainability to be addressed by ACP Heads of State and Government during 9th Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

Brussels, 21/11/2019/ACP: Heads of State of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States will meet to consider the key developmental challenges facing the six ACP regions and chart a course for greater sustainability and economic self-sufficiency at the 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State  and Government, themed “A Transformed ACP Committed to Multilateralism”  at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya from 6-10 December 2019.

Africa, Europe must partner as equals – lawmakers

Kigali,17 November 2019/ACP: Lawmakers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries convening in Kigali on Saturday pushed for a strong Africa Caribbean Pacific (ACP) parliamentary network and particularly emphasized the need for their European counterparts to respect the dignity of Africa.
 
The decision was made during the preliminary session of the 55th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly ahead of the ACP-European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly that starts next week to address issues related to sustainable development.
 

ACP Committee of Ambassadors warmly welcomes new colleague from Mali, H.E. Mr Mamadou Mandjou Berthe

Brussels, 14 November 2019/ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) warmly welcomed the new Ambassador of the Republic of Mali, H.E. Mr Mamadou Mandjou Berthe to the fold on 14 November 2019 at the ACP House.

Prime Minister Minnis of Bahamas urged greater climate action and unity in address to ACP Committee of Ambassadors

14 November 2019/ACP: In an address to the 925th Meeting of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors at ACP House on 14 November 2019, the Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas called on the Ambassadors to “collectively and urgently intensify our response to the climate emergency”. The Prime Minister also encouraged those present to “unite with one voice and protect our shared patrimony and a better future.”

38th ACP-EU Assembly: dialogue on cooperation challenges in Kigali

Brussels, 13 November 2019/ACP/: Climate change and food security, migration, sustainable growth and the post-Cotonou ACP-EU agreement are set to be the focus of the 38th session of the assembly.

Members of the European Parliament and parliamentarians of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of the ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly, from 17 to 21 November 2019.

The formal opening of the session will take place on Tuesday 19 November and will be co-chaired by Carlos Zorrinho, Portuguese MEP and Joseph Owana Kono, Cameroonian MEP.

Viwanou Gnassounou: “The EPAs will be absorbed into the AfCFTA”

Brussels, 13 November 2019/ACP: “The European Union (EU) has provided new financial instruments for ACP countries’ private sector, but there must be synergy among all actors, to boost the market,” says Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. The senior official spoke to Financial Afrik on the margins of the ACP Private Sector Development Information, Knowledge Sharing and Networking Forum, which took place in Dakar, Senegal, from 6 to 8 November 2019.
 

Johnson Smith calls on WTO to address concerns of Least Developed Countries

Brussels, 08 November 2019/ACP/: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith is calling for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to address the interests and concerns of developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the Twelfth Ministerial Conference. 
 
Johnson Smith was speaking at the Informal Ministerial WTO Meeting in Shanghai in her capacity as coordinator of the ACP Group in the WTO.
 

79-Nation ACP Joins with the Private Sector to Promote SDGs

 

Brussels, 07 November 2019/ACP/: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States is committed to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 79 countries in its fold. In doing so, it subscribes to the view that to realise the 17 Goals as outlined in Agenda 2030 will require actors across public and private sectors to work together.


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