ACP Press Clubs come together to launch milestone federation

Kigali, Rwanda, 26 October 2016/ ACP: Leaders of press clubs and press centres from across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Kigali on 20 and 21 October during a pioneering congress, which culminated in the adoption of a charter officially founding the ACP Press Clubs Federation (ACP-PCF).

The ACP-PCF aims to establish a network of national press clubs or press centres, working in collaboration to strengthen the viability and professionalism of media bodies in ACP regions, and to foster intra-ACP communication, cooperation, and networking with similar international bodies around the world.

President of Equatorial Guinea announces plans for ACP Centre for South-South Cooperation

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 18 October 2016/ ACP: The President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recently announced his commitment to host an ACP information centre for South-South Cooperation in the country's capital city Malabo, which would foster cooperation amongst the 79 member countries of the ACP Group of States, as well as ACP collaboration with other partners of the Global South.
 

Secretary General calls for commitment to rebranding the African continent

Address by the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes, on the occasion of the Rebranding Africa Forum 2016 
 
13 October 2016, Brussels
 
Your Excellency, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, 
Rt. Honourable Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium,
Honourable Ministers,
Distinguished Representatives of regional and international institutions,
Your Excellencies, the Ambassadors,
Distinguished Guests,
 

ACP Group awards €10,000 to African inventor

Brussels, 17 October 2016/ ACP: An inventor from Burkina Faso Mr. Christian Cédric Toe, won the Time Innovation Award sponsored by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) at the 3rd edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum held in Brussels on 13-15 October 2016.

In addition to the €10,000 award, the winner was also granted €150,000 from the local bank Coris Bank Burkina to help finalise and produce his “laafi bag” invention.

Secretary General addresses ACP Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels

STATEMENT BY H.E. DR. PATRICK I GOMES, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ACP GROUP OF STATES, AT THE 43rd SESSION OF THE ACP PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
 
Wednesday 12 October 2016
 
- Hon. Netty Baldeh, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- Honourable Members,
- Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present and Representatives of Missions
- Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Concept notes welcome for trade capacity grants under ACP-EU TradeComII program – deadline 8 November

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP-EU TradeComII Programme is accepting concept papers from a wide range of actors who wish to carry out trade-related programmes, training, research and networking activities for the benefit of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Trade research or training institutions, academic institutions with specific trade programmes, export promotion or agencies, private sector advocacy organisations; and certain international organisations are invited to make submissions.

ACP and WCO team up to support implementation of WTO MC 10 LDC outcome on rules of origin

Brussels, 10 October 2016/ ACP: The ACP Secretariat and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) have teamed up to assist the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the ACP Group to realise the benefits of the package of measures agreed to by the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2015.

Pacific-Caribbean learning exchange to strengthen capacity for researchers and extension officers

Kingston, Jamaica, 10 October 2016/ IntraACP APP Press Release: Nine Pacific Island researchers and extension officers commenced a two week learning exchange in the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Trinidad. Over the next 2 weeks extension officers from Vanuatu, Samoa, PNG, Fiji and the Pacific Community will learn and exchange practices covering staple crops such as yams, dasheen (taro), cocoyam (xanthosoma) and sweet potatoes with their Caribbean counterparts.
 

ACP paper to prep countries for Marrakech Climate Change Conference COP22

Brussels, 5 October 2016/ ACP:  In the lead up to the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP 22) this November 2016, representatives of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries gathered in Brussels this week to discuss key climate concerns for the ACP Group of States.

European Parliament calls for major reforms in ACP-EU relations after 2020

Brussels, 4 October 2016/ European Parliament Press Release: The Cotonou Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU needs to be reformed in order to improve its effectiveness, MEPs said in a resolution adopted Tuesday. They call for a new legally binding framework that focuses on global development goals, human rights and enhances regional cooperation.


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