New ambassadors received, outgoing envoys farewelled at ACP House

Brussels, 23 April 2015/ ACP: Diplomats from the Republics of Liberia and Zimbabwe, recently posted to Brussels, delivered their maiden statements to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States last week. 

Statement by the Secretary General on the boat disaster and tragic deaths on the Mediterranean Sea

Brussels, 22 April, 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States Dr. Patrick I. Gomes expressed his profound sadness at the tragic loss of more than 700 lives – including many women and children – when a ship capsized in the Mediterranean Sea on 19 April 2015.

Welcome remarks by the ACP Secretary General at the World Malaria Day event on 20 April 2015, Brussels

Delivered on behalf of the Secretary General by the Expert in Charge of Health, Education, Science & Technology Dr. John Kakule, at the World Malaria Day commemoration at ACP House, organised in collaboration with the Malaria Consortium, Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.

FAO and ACP member states share strong focus on nutrition and climate change

15 April 2015, Brussels/UNFAO: FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in a speech today to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, reiterated the Organization's commitment to addressing food security and nutrition and also stressed the need to tackle as a high priority the impacts of climate change

New executive management for ACP Secretariat

Brussels, 14 April 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Dr. Patrick I. Gomes recently appointed three Assistant Secretaries General to be part of the senior management team at the ACP Secretariat based in Brussels for the period 2015-2020, along with a new Chef de Cabinet.

ACP Sugar suppliers alarmed with collapse in sugar prices

Brussels, 9 April 2015/ ACP: The ACP Sugar suppliers to the EU market are deeply concerned with the sharp decline in the sugar prices which has come much sooner than expected.  This, in ACP’s view, is the direct consequence of the imminent abolition of EU sugar production quotas to which they had strongly objected.

ACP Secretary General conveys solidarity with Kenya after senseless attack in Garissa

Brussels, 7 April 2015/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), Dr. Patrick I. Gomes wishes to express his utmost distress and shock regarding the vicious and cowardly attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants, on Garissa University, Kenya, on 2 April 2015.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General on the occasion of the 21st commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, 7 April 2015, Brussels

First of all, on behalf of the ACP Group, allow me to thank you for the honour of having invited me to address you on this momentous occasion.


The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, as well the entire international community, joins with the people and the Government of Rwanda in commemorating today, 7 April 2015, the 21st anniversary of the tragically infamous events that plunged Rwanda into shock in 1994.

ACP trade ministers to meet with new EU Trade Commissioner; EU sets deadline for recently concluded trade deals

Brussels, 3 April 2015/ ACP: The ACP Group and the European Commission are finalising a date this year for the 13th Joint Ministerial Trade Committee meeting, which would bring together trade ministers and officials from across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific into discussions with the EU Trade Commissioner Ms. Cecilia Malmström.

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