TradeComII Programme boosts trade capacity in ACP countries

Brussels, 7 March 2016: The ACP-EU TradeComII programme kicked off operations earlier this year, aimed at strengthening trade capacity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Funded by the European Union, through the ACP-EU partnership, the TradeComII programme builds upon the former TradeCom Facilty and ACP Multilateral Trading System programmes that were implemented during the period of 2004 to 2012 and 2009 to 2014 respectively.

Mozambique signs Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

Brussels, 3 March 2016/ ACP: The Ambassador Mozambique to the European Union, H.E Mrs. Ana Nemba Uaiene (pictured, seated) signed the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) signed between ACP regions/countries and the EU, at the ACP headquarters on 2 March 2016.

With the signature, Mozambique will be party to the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

Future of ACP and relations with EU top concern for Ambassadors

Brussels, 3 March 2016: Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels will soon examine the draft report of Eminent Persons regarding the future of the ACP Group, at a special meeting on the topic slated for 21 March.

The 12-member Eminent Persons Group (EPG), chaired by the former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was created in 2013 and charged with reviewing the ACP Group as an organisation, including its successes and failures, and to provide recommendations for reforms in the future.

New envoys from Haiti, RDC join ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 29 February 2016: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors welcomed two new diplomats from the Republic of Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who addressed their fellow African, Caribbean, and Pacific representatives for the first time last Thursday, since their recent designations to Brussels.

WATCH: Euronews - The Network - Is aid the solution to European migrant crisis?

ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Macroeconomics, Development Finance and Intra-ACP Programming Mr. Henrique Banze joins an expert panel to discuss migration and development on Euronews current affairs programme The Network.

Brussels, 25 February 2016/ Euronews: Europe is the biggest spender on development aid worldwide providing approximately €50 billion each year.

Francophonie head welcomes collaboration with ACP Group

Brussels 22 February 2016/ ACP: The Secretaries-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and the African, Caribbean Pacific Group of States met on the margins of a joint event held recently in Brussels on the subject of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, where they discussed common approaches with a view to collaborate on programmes in the areas of youth and women.

New hub to support Action Against Desertification in ACP countries

Brussels, 22 February 2016/ FAO/AU/ ACP: A special hub will support critical efforts to combat land degradation, desertification and drought in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, through an agreement signed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  

The FAO and AUC stated that the special hub will provide assistance in coordination, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, resource mobilisation, knowledge management for the implementation of the Action Against Desertification.

MOU signed between ACP, International Bridges for Justice to promote democracy, rule of law

Brussels, 22 February 2016: An MOU was signed by ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick I. Gomes and the CEO and Founder of International Bridges for Justice (IBJ) Rev. Karen I. Tse, to promote and support member countries' institutional development in the Rule of Law and Good Governance.

New book challenges current methods of poverty analysis

Brussels, 19 February 2016/ ACP: A new book launched at the ACP House, titled “Poverty is a person: Human Agency, Women and Caribbean Households” by Dr. Theresa-Ann Rajack-Talley, calls for a more gendered and multidimensional approach to studying poverty, going beyond the traditional focus on statistics and figures.

Presented during last week’s ACP symposium on empowering youth and women entrepreneurs through South-South & Triangular Cooperation, the book attempts to address the question of why poverty still exists, using a ‘people-centred’ lens.

Special Post-COP21 Meeting: Helping ACP States Implement the Paris Agreement

Brussels, 19 February 2016/ GCCA/ ACP: A Special Post-COP21 Meeting is scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 March 2016 at the ACP Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium. The goal of the two-day meeting is to facilitate dialogue and discuss follow-up actions to implement the Paris Agreement, in collaboration with partners and particularly focusing on key issues affecting the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states.

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