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EU sugar reform costs ACP and LDC sugar industries dearly

Brussels, 19 October 2017/ ACP: The regime that manages the EU sugar market changed from 1st October 2017 with the removal of domestic quotas.  Sugar suppliers to the EU under  Economic Partnership Agreement and the Everything But Arms (EBA) Initiative, comprised mostly of small and vulnerable economies, had strongly opposed the abolition of EU domestic sugar quotas when it was first mooted in 2013.   

Statement by the Secretary General at the 20th Meeting of the ACP Ministerial Trade Committee, 18 October 2017, Brussels

- Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana

-  Distinguished Honourable Ministers

-  Our Special Guests  Ambassador Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the WTO; and Ambassador Susana MALCORRA, Former Foreign Minister of Argentina and Chairperson of the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

-  Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General of Ministries responsible for Trade matters

Togo prepares to host forthcoming sessions of ACP Council of Ministers, ACP-EU Joint Council

Brussels, 16 October 2017/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes met with the President of the Togolese Republic H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbé on Monday 16th October, to lay the groundwork for preparations towards the forthcoming 107th session of the ACP Council of Ministers and 43rd session of the ACP-EU Joint Council.

Statement by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States following the twin attacks in Mogadishu

Brussels, 16 October 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States is deeply shocked by the twin attacks carried out in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017.
 
The ACP Group of States strongly condemns this heinous act, which led to the loss of an exceptionally large number of innocent lives.
 

ACP countries target economic transformation in new relationship with Europe

Brussels, 13 October 2017/ ACP: Members of Parliaments from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered in Brussels this week for the 47th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, as well as joint intersessional meetings with Members of the European Parliament.
 

ACP Ambassadors, Members of Parliament agree on closer cooperation in lead up to Post-Cotonou negotiations

Brussels, 10 October 2017/ ACP: Members of Parliament from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries met with the Bureau of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in the first joint session of its kind, to discuss issues related to major negotiations for a new partnership framework with the European Union. 
 

Statement by H. E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes at the 47th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 11th October 2017, Brussels

- Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
- Honourable Members,
- Excellencies ACP Ambassadors present
- Ladies and Gentlemen, 
 
I would like to thank you for yet another opportunity to share some thoughts with you.
 
Mr. President,
 

New €45 million ACP-EU initiative seeks to curb unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve biodiversity and improve food security

Rome, 10 October 2017/ FAO/ ACP: A €45 million multi-partner programme launched today at FAO seeks to help African, Caribbean and Pacific countries halt unsustainable wildlife hunting, conserve their natural heritage and strengthen people's livelihoods and food security.
 

EU and African, Caribbean, and Pacific partners reaffirm commitment for sustainable ocean governance

Malta, 6 October 2017/ EC/ ACP: In the framework of the 'Our Ocean' Conference, the European Union and the group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states have reaffirmed today their support to the implementation of SDG 14 and have stressed their commitment to an ambitious, long-term vision of protection, valorisation, and sustainable use of our oceans, as well as to sustainable blue growth, and their willingness to intensify their coordinated action and cooperation.
 

ACP mission secures Nigerian support for Post-Cotonou agenda

Brussels, 5 October 2017/ ACP: Nigerian authorities conveyed their full support and solidarity with the ACP Group of States in preparations for negotiations for an ACP-EU post-2020 partnership agreement, during an outreach mission to one of the ACP’s largest member states in West Africa.

In particular, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria H.E. Yemi Osinbajo urged fellow ACP member states to remain united in their cause, and indicated his support for the establishment of an ACP Endowment Fund, which would assist in the development agendas of ACP countries.


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