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ACP Group stands in solidarity with the People of Sierra Leone

Brussels, 16 August 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States has learnt with sadness of loss of lives and devastation caused by mudslide and flooding through the regent and Freetown area in Sierra Leone. 
 
The ACP Group expresses profound regrets for the loss of lives and destruction, and conveys its deep condolences to the People and Government of Sierra Leone and to families of those who have been killed and injured or made homeless by this disaster. 
 

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States condemns the new terrorist attack in Burkina Faso

Brussels, 13 August 2017/ ACP: On Sunday, 13 August 2017, Burkina Faso was once again the victim of a vicious terrorist attack, which resulted in several persons being killed and wounded. 
 
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States strongly condemns this horrific act, which comes at a time when the brave people of Burkina Faso, mobilised around their President, His Excellency, Mr. Marc Roch Christian Kabore, are firmly focussed on strengthening their democracy and developing their country. 
 

ACP Group congratulates the People of Kenya for smooth and peaceful elections

Brussels, 11 August 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States is keenly following the ongoing electoral process in Kenya. It commends the Government of Kenya for well-organised general elections successfully held on 8 August 2017, in a peaceful environment and congratulates the People of Kenya for their massive turnout at the polls, which reflects, once again, their commitment to peace and democracy in Kenya. 
 

Statement by the Secretary General at the Annual ACP Visit to the European Investment Bank Headquarters, 20 July 2017, Luxembourg

Let me begin today by sincerely thanking the European Investment Bank for jointly organising this annual meeting with the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, as well as for the very warm welcome extended to us.   
 
I truly appreciate this opportunity to address you at this stage of our meeting. 
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau visits ACP Secretariat

Brussels, 17 July 2017, 2017/ ACP: The Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau and President of the Council of Ministers H.E. Umaro Sissoco Embalo (left) paid a courtesy call on the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.           

Hub and Spokes programme for ACP countries gets €5m boost in aid-for-trade

Geneva, 11 July 2017/ CSec/ ACP: African, Caribbean and Pacific countries stand to benefit from an extension of the innovative Hub and Spokes II Programme, which is a joint initiative of the European Union, ACP Group, Commonwealth Secretariat and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, aimed at boosting trade and prosperity in ACP countries.

President of Cabo Verde urges new approach to ACP-EU relations

Brussels, 10 July 2017/ ACP: The President of the Republic of Cabo Verde H.E Dr. Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca called on all ACP Member States to engage effectively in discussions leading up to the negotiations with the European Union for a new partnership framework after 2020.

Ambassadors of Tanzania, Chad, Benin introduced to ACP colleagues

Brussels, 1 July 2017/ ACP: Newly appointed Heads of ACP Missions in Brussels were recently presented to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors as its newest members.  

On Thursday 29 June, the new Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Mr. Joseph Sokoine delivered his inaugural address to the ambassadorial assembly.

As a career diplomat, Ambassador Sokoine was previously posted in Canada and Washington DC, and served as the Director of the Department of Europe and Americas before his appointment as Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union.

ACP Group sends solidarity mission to Haiti

Brussels, 30 June 2017/ ACP: An ACP delegation headed by the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and the Pacific Group of States H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes will visit the Republic of Haiti in a show of solidarity with the country, which has been devastated by recurring natural disasters, including Hurricane Mathew which struck in October 2016.

Focus Day on Post-Disaster Response in Brussels

30 June 2017, Brussels/ GFDRR/ ACP: More than 100 participants including ministers, permanent secretaries, ambassadors, disaster risk management (DRM) coordinators, recovery advisors and policy officers from Afican, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries attended a “Focus Day” on lessons learned from post-disaster response in ACP countries in the frame of the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (NDRR) Program.
 


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