NEWS: CARIFORUM holds inaugural EPA customs committee

Georgetown, Guyana, 8 December 2011/CARICOM: CARIFORUM Officials met with their European Union counterparts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on December 8, to convene the First Meeting of the Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

This Special Committee Meeting was preceded by a CARIFORUM Preparatory Meeting on December 7.

 

ACP senior officials debate free trade deals at pre-WTO sessions

Brussels, 7 December 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: Senior trade officials from ACP member countries concluded two days of intense discussions in preparation for key meetings within the coming weeks.

 

FEATURED VIDEO: ACP Conference on Renewable Energy

Over one hundred people representing forty countries gathered in Brussels in mid-November in preparation for the UNFCCC COP17 conference. Attending the first day sessions on renewable energy were experts, researchers, beneficiaries, NGO representatives, private investors already present in the ACP countries and prospecting financiers. Discussions focused on scaling up renewable energy investments in the ACP region. Produced by BizClim.

NEWS: African and Pacific groups declare joint support for regional means to boost aid effectiveness

Busan, 30 November 2011/ PIFS/ ACP Newsdesk: Two regional allies of the ACP Group of States, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), have called for stronger recognition of the vital role of regional platforms and organizations in enhancing links between country priorities and global efforts for effective development cooperation.

 

ACP Group lets UNIDO join in Ministerial Council talks

Vienna, 30 November 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: The ACP Group of States and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) signed a new partnership agreement this week that will allow mutual representation at each other’s top meetings, and advance cooperation in certain areas of shared interest.

 

NEWS: African Union preps for 8th WTO Ministerial Conference

Accra, 29 November 2011/ GNA – The African Union (AU) in Collaboration with the African Caribbean Pacific Multilateral Trade System (ACP MTS) on Monday ended a two-day preparatory meeting aimed at facilitating preparations and participation of AU countries for the eighth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Geneva.

    

NEWS: ACP Fish II Programme Advancing the CARIFORUM Agenda

Kingston, 29 November 2011/ ACP Fish II: The CARIFORUM agenda was further advanced when more than 80 persons across the Caribbean in fisheries administration, research, fisherfolk organisations and business gathered in Kingston, Jamaica to promote the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP).  The Policy, which is an overarching set of guidelines and principles aimed at regional co-operation in the management of the

ACP Group calls for better donor coordination, abolition of aid conditionalities

Brussels, 29 November 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: Countries from the African, Caribbean and Pacific region are taking a united stance at the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness currently underway in Busan, South Korea.

NEWS: CARIFORUM must enhance competitiveness for EPAs, says CARICOM chief

Georgetown, Guyana, 29 November 2011/ CNN/ ACP Newsdesk -- Irwin LaRocque, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, has sounded a challenge for Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) to enhance their competitiveness and productivity in order to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between CARIFORUM and the European Union (EU).

 

Pacific fights for survival at COP17

Brussels, 29 November 2011/ ACP Newsdesk: On an international scene fixated with the global financial crisis and the tangle of creating effective and sustainable development policies, Pacific nations join the UN’s COP17 climate change summit this week in Durban, South Africa wi


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