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STATEMENT BY H.E. PATRICK I. GOMES, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ACP GROUP OF STATES ON THE OCCASION OF THE 24th COMMEMORATION OF THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE, Saturday 7 APRIL 2018.

Your Excellency, Mr. Amandin Rugira Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda,
 
Your Excellency, Mrs Sheila Monteith, Ambassador of Jamaica and the Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors,
 
Distinguished Invited Guests and Friends,
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers from Rwanda,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

ACP-EU Private Sector Development (PSD) support Programme: “Business ACP” is now on track

Brussels, 4 April 2018, ACP: “Business ACP,” the ACP Private Sector Development Platform, created in the context of the implementation of the Joint ACP-EU Program for ACP Private Sector Development Support is now in place.
 
It will be recalled that the ACP-EU Council of Ministers adopted a Joint Cooperation Framework for Private Sector Development (PSD) support in ACP countries, at its Nairobi meeting (June 2014). The ACP-EU Council of Ministers also envisaged the creation of a joint platform for enhancing the ACP-EU dialogue on private sector development. 

ACP Members of Parliaments support the spirit of unity in lead up to post Cotonou Negotiations

Brussels, 23 March 2018/ ACP: The ACP Parliamentary Assembly held its 49th session and first plenary meeting of the year on Wednesday 21 March at ACP House in Brussels. Hon. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono of Cameroon, the new president of the Assembly, presided over deliberations, which brought together lawmakers from more than 70 countries to discuss relevant political and development issues and prepare for the intersessional meetings with members of the European Parliament. 

Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers, March 26-27, 2018: Opening Address by the Honorable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Colleague Ministers, Distinguished Delegates,

It is a distinct honour and privilege for me to deliver these brief opening remarks at this Special Meeting of the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers. I am equally pleased to welcome you to the fair shores of our twin-island paradise, St. Kitts and Nevis, during our busy tenure as chair of CARIFORUM. We assure you that we will exert every effort to ensure that we have a productive meeting, and that you have a most pleasant experience in St. Kitts and Nevis.

We can all agree that we serve at a time when the tectonic plates on which our engagement with the European Union rest, continue to shift. It is a time which requires us simultaneously to:

DECLARATION OF THE ACP PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY ON PRESERVING THE UNITY AND SOLIDARITY OF THE ACP GROUP

The Parliamentary Assembly of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, meeting at its 49th Session in Brussels, Belgium, on 21 March 2018.

ACP Prize for Women and Youth: The ACP Secretariat focuses on creativity and entrepreneurship at the Paris Book Fair

 

The objective of the “African Literatures Pavilion” is to ensure the visibility of African literature at major international events.  After  the Pavilion’s success, following its launch at the Paris Book Fair in 2017, this initiative by the Agence Culturelle Africaine (African Cultural Agency) or ACA, has snowballed and increased its promotional spaces in Europe, and soon, in Africa.

Message from the ACP Secretary General on International Women’s Day 2018

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I wish to send a special message to all the women who work in the cultural and creative industries in ACP countries.

Today, 8 March, despite the fact that there are still major disparities between men and women in terms of access to skilled employment, management positions, or access to finance, I am pleased to remind you of the commitment made by the ACP Ministers of Culture, who met in Brussels, last November:

ACP and IFAD strengthen cooperation

Brussels, 6 March 2018 /IFAD/ACP:  The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), H.E Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, was received by the ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes and the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, as part of a strengthening of cooperation between the two organizations.
 
As the ACP Group and IFAD share common development priorities, the meeting was an opportunity for both institutions to widen and deepen their relationships in line with agenda 2030 and sustainable development goals. 

New Ambassadors of Rwanda, Tuvalu join ACP family in Brussels

Brussels, 16 February 2018/ ACP: New representatives of ACP member states Rwanda and Tuvalu were presented to the Committee of Ambassadors on Thursday, along with a formal introduction of the new Permanent Representative of the African Union.

Inaugural statement of the new Chairperson of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, H.E. Mrs. Sheila Sealy Monteith

The Ambassador of Jamaica to the European Union, H.E. Mrs Sheila Sealy Monteith takes up the role of Chairperson of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors for the period 1 February - 31 July 2018. Her inaugural statement as Chair, setting out Jamaica's outlook and objectives for the ACP Group under its presidency, was delivered to the Committee of Ambassadors on 15 February, 2018. (Full text below)

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