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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

Togo prepares to host forthcoming sessions of ACP Council of Ministers, ACP-EU Joint Council

Brussels, 16 October 2017/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes met with the President of the Togolese Republic H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbé on Monday 16th October, to lay the groundwork for preparations towards the forthcoming 107th session of the ACP Council of Ministers and 43rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Council.

Statement by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States following the twin attacks in Mogadishu

Brussels, 16 October 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States is deeply shocked by the twin attacks carried out in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017.
 
The ACP Group of States strongly condemns this heinous act, which led to the loss of an exceptionally large number of innocent lives.
 

ACP countries target economic transformation in new relationship with Europe

Brussels, 13 October 2017/ ACP: Members of Parliaments from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Brussels this week for the 47th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, as well as joint intersessional meetings with Members of the European Parliament.
 

ACP Ambassadors, Members of Parliament agree on closer cooperation in lead up to Post-Cotonou negotiations

Brussels, 10 October 2017/ ACP: Members of Parliament from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries met with the Bureau of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in the first joint session of its kind, to discuss issues related to major negotiations for a new partnership framework with the European Union. 
 


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