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Welcome statement by the Secretary General at the 1st ACP Non State Actors Meeting, 30 October 2017, Brussels

Your Excellencies; Distinguished Representatives from the ACP Civil Society, Economic and Social Partners, and the Private Sector; Invited Guests,
 
Welcome to the ACP House!  Please see this as yourown house in Brussels...Good to have you at home with us. Your presence here today, reaffirms your commitment to and special role as a very important constituent element as an Actor of the ACP-EU Partnership, enshrined under the Cotonou Agreement.  
 

Sierra Leone’s Head of State gives boost to ACP vision, Endowment Fund

Brussels, 30 October 2017/ ACP: The President of Sierra Leone H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma addressed the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on Monday 30 October to express solidarity with ACP countries as they work to reorient their future as an effective group and global player, while also preparing to negotiate a new and improved partnership with the European Union post-2020.

ACP Group of States calls for Peaceful Presidential Elections in Kenya

Brussels, 26 October 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has followed with great interest the democratic developments in Kenya. In this regard the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States recalls the historic ruling by the supreme court of Kenya on 1st September 2017 that called for fresh elections to be held on 26 October 2017. The ACP Group commends the people of the Republic of Kenya for going to the polls; this once again illustrates Kenya’s commitment to democratic governance.

First UNIDO – ACP Symposium is held in Brussels

Brussels, 24 October 2017/ UNDIO/ ACP: The first symposium dedicated to the cooperation between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP), took place today at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels. The Secretary General of the ACP, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, took part in the event, which focused on “Boosting ACP Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization through job creation, value chains, and productive investment.”

Statement by the Secretary General at the first ACP-UNIDO Day: Symposium on Boosting ACP Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization, 24 October 2017, Brussels

Mr. Director- General,
Excellencies, 
Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen
 
I am indeed happy to welcome our good friend, Director General, H.E Mr. Li Yong to ACP House and am particularly pleased that so many have shown appreciation of the historic importance of this first ACP-UNIDO day by joining us for an interactive dialogue on the theme: “Boosting ACP Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization through job creation, value chains and productive investments.”   
 

LIVESTREAM ACP-UNIDO Day: Inclusive and sustainable industrialization through job creation, value chains and productive investments

Brussels, 24 October 2017/ ACP/ UNIDO: ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and UNIDO Director General Mr. LI Yong will open the Symposium on “Boosting ACP Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization through job creation, value chains and productive investments” organized to celebrate the ACP-UNIDO DAY.

This event is jointly organized by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP Secretariat) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Joint Statement of the ACP-EC Joint Ministerial Trade Committee on the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference

Brussels, 20 October 2017/ ACP/ EC: During the Joint Ministerial Trade Committee held on 20 October 2017, the ACP and the EU discussed preparations for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Buenos Aires on 10-13 December 2017.

ACP Trade Ministers reaffirm strong commitment to multilateral system

Brussels, 20 October 2017/ ACP: Ministers and senior officials responsible for Trade from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries reaffirmed their strong and resounding commitment to the multilateral trading system, at the conclusion of the 20th ACP Ministerial Trade Committee meeting held in Brussels on 18-19 October.

EU sugar reform costs ACP and LDC sugar industries dearly

Brussels, 19 October 2017/ ACP: The regime that manages the EU sugar market changed from 1st October 2017 with the removal of domestic quotas.  Sugar suppliers to the EU under  Economic Partnership Agreement and the Everything But Arms (EBA) Initiative, comprised mostly of small and vulnerable economies, had strongly opposed the abolition of EU domestic sugar quotas when it was first mooted in 2013.   

Statement by the Secretary General at the 20th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Trade Committee, 18 October 2017, Brussels

- Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

-  Distinguished Honourable Ministers

-  Our Special Guests  Ambassador Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the WTO; and Ambassador Susana MALCORRA, Former Foreign Minister of Argentina and Chairperson of the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

-  Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General of Ministries responsible for Trade matters


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