Update on Negotiations

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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NEWS: Guyana Parliament ratifies EU's EPA

Gerogetown, 14 May 2012/ ING/ ACP: The Guyana Parliament on Thursday evening, unanimously ratified the European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) states back in 2008, clearing the way for the country to highten its implementation of the trade pact for which the benefits and opportunities are yet to be capitalized on by Guyana.

Remarks by the Secretary General on the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio+20), ACP House, Brussels 10 May 2012

Introductory Remarks by ACP Secretary-General, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas at the Special Session of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors with United Nations Under Secretary General and UNDP Administrator on the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
Thursday 10 May 2012, Brussels

 

JOINT PRESS RELEASE: UNDP and the ACP join forces to advance sustainable human development

Brussels, 10 May 2012/ ACP/ UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) agreed today to join forces in fostering south-south cooperation, promoting inclusive economic growth as a vehicle for sustainable development in developing countries, and providing support for the a

NEWS: Pacific community thanks EU on Europe Day

Honiara SOLOMON IS, 10 May 2012/ SS/ ACP: On the occasion of Europe Day, 9 May, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Solomon Islands Government thanked the European Union (EU) for its support to many key activities in Solomon Islands.

Mr. Rence Sore, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, commented: “EU funding has helped Solomon Islands Government and its partner SPC implement valuable projects in many sectors to help Solomon Islanders improve their quality of life.”

NEWS: Rwanda receives 89m Euro towards food production

Kigali RWANDA, 8 May 2012/ NT/AA/ACP: The government has obtained a grant worth €89m (Rwf 69.2 billion) from the European Union to support agricultural programmes focused on increasing food production nationwide.

“Dismal” ACP services sector demands urgent attention, says SG

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: Poor infrastructure and high vulnerability to external shocks has meant low services exports amongst African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, says the ACP Group’s chief executive.

Opening remarks by the Secretary General at the Workshop on Strategy for Development of Services Sectors in ACP States, 2-3 May, Brussels

Excellency Ambassadors, Distinguished Participants, I welcome you all to ACP House for this workshop entitled “strategy for development of services sector in ACP States”.  As stated in your programme, the objective of the workshop is to provide all the participants with a forum to discuss, share experience, provide guidance and devise a strategy for the strengthening of the ACP services sector.

 

UN, ACP, Rwandan Embassy mark genocide memory with joint ceremony

Brussels, 5 May 2012/ ACP: A commemoration to honour the estimated 800,000 to 1 million lives lost at the hands of genocidaires in Rwanda in 1994 was jointly held by the ACP Secretariat, the United Nations, and the Rwandan Embassy on Monday 30 April at the ACP House.

OPINION: Why the EU should maintain Regulation 1528 on ACP-EU free trade

Former President of Tanzania Benjamin William Mkapa gives his insight on why Regulation 1528 will hurt the efforts of developing countries to successfully integrate into the world trade system. Article originally published in The Zimbabwe Mail, 02/05/2012

 

Higher quality standards and ‘smart’ dialogue seen as potential boost for ACP-EU trade talks

Brussels, 1 May 2012/ ACP/ CPTM: An afternoon of ‘Think Tanking’ discussions at the ACP House this Wednesday will tackle some of the difficulties in ACP-EU free trade, with a focus on how “smart partnership approaches” and higher quality standards can energise trade between nations.


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