Update on Negotiations

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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ACP Private Sector Consultation on Post-Cotonou Negotiations

Brussels 8 November 2018 /ACP/: On 1st and 2nd November 2018, an ACP Private Sector consultation on the Post-Cotonou negotiations was held in Bridgetown, Barbados. The meeting was organized by the ACP Secretariat with technical support of Business ACP. 
 
The intended objective was to explore, assess and formulate relevant ACP private sector needs, demands and opportunities with a view to providing inputs into the post-Cotonou negotiation process.  
 

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Julius Maada Bio, met with Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels on Tuesday 06 November 2018.

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, reiterated his country's full support for the vision of the ACP Group of States and recalled how his country's relations with the EU have been deepened and strengthened through all successive ACP-EU conventions and partnership agreements, at a special meeting with ACP State representatives in Brussels yesterday.
 

Minister Pato signs ACP Administrative Cooperative Agreement

Brussels, 29 October 2018 /ACP/: Papua New Guinea has taken steps to strengthen and deepen its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU and other ACP states that have similar trading arrangements.
 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Rimbink Pato who attended the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 26 October 2018, signed the ACP Administrative Cooperation Agreement (ACA), making it possible for Papua New Guinea to enter into intra-ACP trade relations with the cumulation of the rules of origin.
 

First Round of Joint ACP-EU Technical Negotiations

Brussels, 18th October 2018

The first round of formal negotiations between the ACP Group of States and the European Union kicked off this afternoon at the ACP House in Brussels. The ACP's chief negotiator, Professor Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration from Togo was present for this symbolic occasion.

Press Conference of the ACP Chief Negotiator Professor Robert Dussey, 16th October 2018 in Brussels.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
 
Let me welcome you and thank you all for being here.
 

Opening of the ACP Information Centre for South-South and Triangular Cooperation, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

 

Brussels, 15 October 2018 /ACP/: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Information Centre for South-South and Triangular Cooperation was inaugurated on 5 October 2018 in Malabo. The ceremony was presided over by The President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and was attended by highly ranked personalities such as the Prime Minister, Members of the Government as well as Members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Statement by H.E. Dr. Patrick I Gomes Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States at the 51st Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday 10 October 2018 in Brussels

 
Hon. Joseph Hyacinthe Owona Kono, President of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
 
Hon. Members of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly
 
Ambassadors of ACP States
 
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
On behalf of the ACP Group, I want to express a warm welcome to all of you distinguished parliamentarians to the 51st Session of the Parliamentary Assembly and certainly welcome you back to your house. Allow me to also say how delighted I am to have this opportunity to address your meeting this morning.
 

ACP-EU NEGOTIATIONS: TAKING THE ROAD TO PROSPERITY TOGETHER

Professor Robert Dussey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Togo and Chief negotiator for the ACP Group of States

Brussels, 09 October 2018/ACP : Talks on a new agreement between the ACP and the EU will only bear fruit if both parties take the road to prosperity together, writes the ACP’s chief negotiator, Robert Dussey, on the post-Cotonou talks.

European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States commence negotiations on a new Partnership Agreement

Today the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) group will begin negotiations on the future of their cooperation after 2020. The ambition is to transform today's partnership into a modern political alliance.  
 


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