8000 teachers to benefit from francophone training programme

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ IFADEM/ ACP: Eight thousand teachers are set to benefit from a partnership between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union (EU), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).
 

WATCH: South-South & Triangular Cooperation - Empowering women and youth through jobs and entrepreneurhsip

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ ACP: South-South cooperation amongst developing countries in the global South is gaining momentum in the international community as a complement to North-South development assistance. Along with Triangular Cooperation, which brings in one or more traditional donors into the equation, its potential to promote innovation, collaboration and self reliance amongst countries has been widely recognised as effective in helping to achieve development goals.

Gambia takes joint chairmanship of ACP-EU Parliamentary body

Brussels 22 March 2016: Outpsoken Gambian politician Hon. Netty Baldeh presided for the first time over the African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on 15 March, since his appointment as Chair as well as Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly last December.

Known for his frank, straight-talking approach to discussions, Hon. Baldeh is an experienced parliamentarian in ACP-EU matters, which covers trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the European Union and 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific states.

Statement of the ACP Secretary General on the terrorist attacks in Brussels, 22 March 2016

Brussels, 22 March 2016/ ACP: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States, H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes, has learnt with deep shock and sadness the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Brussels on 22 March 2016. The Secretary-General condemns these heinous and cowardly acts, and reiterates the ACP Group’s unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and its conviction that acts of terrorism can never be justified on any ground, whether political, racial, or religious.

High level talks target follow-up action on global climate agreement

Brussels, 16 March 2016: Top officials from global and regional agencies will gather in Brussels on 22-23 March, along with representatives from the 79 Member States of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, to accelerate work towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.

Statement by the Secretary General at the 41st session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 16 March 2016, Brussels

Hon. Netty Baldeh, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
Hon. Members of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
Excellencies and Representatives of ACP Missions in Brussels
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
I thank you for the opportunity to address you once again on the occasion of the Assembly’s gathering here in Brussels. It is always an honour for me to engage with the Parliamentary Representatives of our Member States as we seek to deepen, strengthen and critically review intra-ACP and ACP-EU Cooperation.

Mr. President,

PHOTO GALLERY: International Woman’s Day 2016

Brussels, March 9 2016: International Woman’s Day 2016 was commemorated at the ACP House on 8 March with an explosion of colour, culture and candid discussions about gender parity issues in the context of Sustainable Development Goal #5.
 
 

Visit by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Congo

Brussels, 8 March 2016: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Gakosso on 3 March at the ACP Headquarters in Brussels. 
 

ACP, EU lay groundwork for pivotal Joint Council meeting in Dakar

Brussels, 8 March 2016: The Draft Agenda for the upcoming ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers, scheduled for the 28-29 April in Dakar, Senegal has been endorsed by Member State representatives from the European Union as well as the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.

The Joint Council of Ministers is the highest decision-making body of the ACP-EU Partnership, which brings together 28 Member States of the European Union and 78 from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, under a legally-binding framework outlining parameters for trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the two groups of countries.

TradeComII Programme boosts trade capacity in ACP countries

Brussels, 7 March 2016: The ACP-EU TradeComII programme kicked off operations earlier this year, aimed at strengthening trade capacity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Funded by the European Union, through the ACP-EU partnership, the TradeComII programme builds upon the former TradeCom Facilty and ACP Multilateral Trading System programmes that were implemented during the period of 2004 to 2012 and 2009 to 2014 respectively.


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