Ministers discuss decisive year for ACP Group of 79 countries

Dakar, Senegal, 26 April, 2016/ ACP: A call to rally together behind key common issues and preserve solidarity when dealing with partners set the tone at the opening of the 103rd session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States today.

The Council of Ministers will discuss several critical items before meeting with counterparts from the European Union on the 28th and 29th of April. This includes matters related to trade, development cooperation, and the future of the ACP Group, including its relations with the EU beyond 2020.

President of Mozambique received at ACP House

Brussels, 22 April 2016/ ACP: The Secretary General of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes received the President of Mozambique H.E. Mr. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi during a courtesy call to the ACP House on Friday 22 April to discuss keys issues of common interest.

Speaking to the press at the end of the visit, the Mozambican President welcomed this opportunity to learn more about the work of the ACP Group, and to discuss how it can be strengthened to serve the interests of member states more effectively.

First joint discussion on ACP-EU relations to shed light on legacy and prospects

Brussels, 22 April 2016/ ACP: Influential thought-leaders and eminent decision-makers from the EU and the ACP countries will convene to discuss the legacy and future prospects of the ACP-EU Partnership.

The longstanding partnership brings together 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the 28 Member States of the EU under a comprehensive cooperation agreement, covering trade, political dialogue and development cooperation.

Trade, development finance, political issues on agenda for ACP ministers

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: Ministers representing African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will take key decisions when they gather next week in Dakar, Senegal to address sustainable economic development, trade and political issues in ACP countries.

ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers convene in Dakar next week

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: Discussions on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, follow up on the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and migration will lead the work programme of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers when it convenes for its 41st session in Dakar, Senegal on 28th to 29th April. Other key items on the agenda will include trade issues, development finance and the EU’s global strategy on foreign and security policy.

New Ambassador of Mauritania welcomed in Brussels

Brussels, 21 April 2016/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the new Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to the EU, H.E. Abdellahi Bah Nagi Kebd at the ACP House on Thursday, 14th April.

Ambassador Kebd, who had also presented his credentials to the King of Belgium on the same day, expressed his solidarity and commitment to the work programme of the ACP Group of States, given the many challenges at international and regional levels.

Experts meet in Caribbean to address occupational health and safety in the quarry sector

Georgetown, 15 April 2016/ DMP/ ACP: Caribbean and international experts will meet in Georgetown between 18–22 April to share knowledge about how to improve health and safety, environmental, and community relations outcomes in the quarry sector.

The Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources and the CARICOM are partnering with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to hold the workshop, a key event in Occupational Health and Safety Month.

ACP Group remembers the Rwandan genocide

Brussels, 8 April 2016/ ACP: An important gathering at the ACP House in Brussels on 7th April, hosted by the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes in the presence of ACP diplomats, the Rwandan diaspora in Belgium and friends of Rwanda, paid tribute to the victims of genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.

After calling for a minute of silence to remember the tragic loss of more than a million lives over the course of 100 days, the Secretary General condemned the genocide, committed under the hand of violent extremists, as a heinous crime against humanity.

VIEWPOINT: EU-ACP - A force for South-South & Triangular Cooperation

By ACP Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes. This op-ed first appeared on on 29 March 2016.

Brussels, 5 April 2016/ ACP: Development cooperation in the 21st century is compelled to move beyond the simplistic paradigm of transferring funds from the developed North to the developing South.

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