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Senegal assumes chairmanship of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: The Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Amadou Diop will preside over the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors in Brussels for the period 1 August 2017 – 31 January 2018.

In a hand-over ceremony today, Ambassador Diop thanked the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Teshome Toga Chanaka of Ethiopia for his leadership during the previous six months. He welcomed the new members of the Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors, which also held its first meeting today at the ACP Secretariat headquarters.

Fisheries in Africa, Caribbean & Pacific - Immense opportunity, critical challenges

Op-ed by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assisant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average.

ACP Secretary General urges better ocean governance through Pacific maritime domain awareness

Apia, Samoa, 8 September 2017/ ACP: A robust surveillance system to monitor activities in Pacific countries’ territorial waters is not only a key security issue, it is an essential sustainable development concern.   

Speaking to leaders and high level representatives of the region, the Secretary General of the ACP Group of States Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomed Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) as a response strategy and a “precondition” to improved ocean governance.

ACP ministers to address critical development of fisheries sector

Brussels, 6 September 2017/ ACP: A major gathering of ministers and senior government officials from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands will take place in the Bahamas on 18-21 September. With up to USD 5.3 billion worth of fish exports entering the international market each year from these regions, the meeting seeks to reinforce shared commitments to improve governance and boost development of fisheries and aquaculture resources.

Summary Decisions: Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting, 5 September 2017, Apia, Samoa

SUMMARY DECISIONS

Pacific ACP (PACP) Leaders and their representatives from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu met on 5 September 2017 in Apia, Samoa. The Meeting was chaired by Honourable Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa.

 

Pacific ACP leaders intensify preparations for ACP-EU negotiations

Brussels, 5 September 2017/ ACP: Heads of Pacific ACP governments are moving forward with groundwork on negotiations for a renewed trading, development and political partnership with the European Union, as part of the larger African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

ACP Group of States Hails the People of the Republic of Kenya for a historic democratic process

Brussels, 5 September 2017/ ACP: The Court process that has just concluded in Kenya and the Supreme Court’s decision on 1 September constitute a remarkable and historic moment for Kenya which signifies the Country’s democratic maturity as well as the perfect functioning of democratic institutions. 
 

African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain

Brussels, 18 August 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) fervently condemn the hideous terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday 17th August 2017, which resulted in at least 14 people killed and more than a hundred injured. 
 
In these distressing and harrowing circumstances, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of states reiterates its solidarity and commitment to combating all acts of terrorism and extends its deepest and most sincere condolences to the Government and people of Spain. 

ACP Group stands in solidarity with the People of Sierra Leone

Brussels, 16 August 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has learnt with sadness of loss of lives and devastation caused by mudslide and flooding through the regent and Freetown area in Sierra Leone. 
 
The ACP Group expresses profound regrets for the loss of lives and destruction, and conveys its deep condolences to the People and Government of Sierra Leone and to families of those who have been killed and injured or made homeless by this disaster. 
 

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States condemns the new terrorist attack in Burkina Faso

Brussels, 13 August 2017/ ACP: On Sunday, 13 August 2017, Burkina Faso was once again the victim of a vicious terrorist attack, which resulted in several persons being killed and wounded. 
 
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States strongly condemns this horrific act, which comes at a time when the brave people of Burkina Faso, mobilised around their President, His Excellency, Mr. Marc Roch Christian Kabore, are firmly focussed on strengthening their democracy and developing their country. 
 


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