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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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Kenya to Host 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government in December 2019

Brussels, 08 August 2019: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has announced that the 9th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government will take place from 9 to 10 December 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit is themed “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism” and will be preceded by Ministerial Sessions from 6 to 8 December at the same venue.

ACP Secretariat recommends actions for the UK government to facilitate physical market access of ACP Service providers to the UK market, following evidentiary session to the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee

Brussels 6 August 2019/ACP: The ACP Group of States was recently invited to give evidence before the House of Commons International Trade Select Committee to speak about the movement of natural persons in the delivery of temporary services (Mode 4 of services supply). 

ACP Meets with African Entrepreneurs at The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum 2019

Assistant Secretary General, Sustainable Economic Development and Trade, Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou recently participated in the 5th Edition of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum, held from 26-27 July in Abuja, Nigeria. ASG Gnassounou was a panelist in a plenary session on Africapitalism which aimed to show the difference between good business practice and philanthropy; illustrate the government’s role in creating an enabling environment and give insight into how business leaders and policymakers see their roles in Africa’s sustainable development.

ACP Statement on the passing of Her Excellency Dr Joyce Laboso, past President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

On behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the Secretariat, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, Secretary General of the ACP Group of States conveys his deepest condolences to the family and friends, the Government and People of the Republic of Kenya, particularly the people of Bomet County following the death of their Governor, Dr. Joyce Laboso, on Monday 29 July 2019.

Papua New Guinea takes over presidency of the ACP Group


Brussels 26 July 2019/ACP: The Ambassador of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, H.E. Mr. Joshua Kalinoe will preside over the Committee of Ambassadors (CoA) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States in Brussels for the period 1 August 2019 – 31 January 2020.
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Papua New Guinea Hon. Soroi Eoe will assume the presidency of the ACP Council of Ministers.  
 

Intensified Efforts to Ensure Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

NEW YORK (IDN) – Wrapping up the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on July 19, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King said the session had contributed significantly to advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But she urged governments to "reinvent themselves” and be more agile in finding "ways to engage the poorest and most vulnerable in the decisions that impact on their lives”.
 

ACP Private Sector Development Updates Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the second issue of «ACP Private Sector Development», the bi-monthly newsletter that aims to take stock of the activities and implementation of intra-ACP EDF resources dedicated to private sector development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. 

Please click on “ACP Private Sector Development ” to download.

ACP Group and Interpol strengthen cooperation

Brussels, 19 July 2019/ACP:  The special representative of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to the European Union, Mr. Pierre St. Hilaire, visited the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes and the ACP Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday 18 July 2019 at ACP House, Brussels, to strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations.

World Heritage Committee Stresses Need to Enhance and Preserve African Heritage

Brussels, 17 July 2019/ACP: The World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 29 new sites on the World Heritage List – one in Africa, two in the Arab States, ten in the Asia Pacific region, 15 in Europe and North America and one in Latin America. The List now features 1,121 sites in 167 countries.
 

Accelerating progress on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States

Brussels 17 July 2019/ACP:  Presentation by Dr. Patrick Gomes Secretary General of the ACP Group of States at the FAO High Level side-event on “Accelerating Progress on the SDGs through the Implementation of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” during the High level Political Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 15 July 2019, New York.

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