Eminent Persons Group advances work on future perspectives of ACP Group

Brussels, November 3, 2015/ ACP:  The ACP Eminent Persons Group (EPG) made significant progress on its work on the future propects of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group, with the aim of submitting a final report to ACP Heads of State and Government at the next ACP Summit, which Papua New Guinea has offered to host in May 2016.

Agrifood development in the spotlight – sharing experiences across regions

Bridgetown, Barbados, 31 October 2015/ ACP: A five-day event aimed at promoting synergies between the Caribbean and Pacific to spur agrifood development takes centre stage in the coming week in Bridgetown, Barbados.

ACP gears up for UN Climate Change Conference COP21

Brussels, 31 October 2015/ ACP: An issues paper adopted by the ACP Group’s Sub-committee on Sustainable Development will serve as the basis of a common ACP position at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris this December.

The paper, deliberated upon by regional and international stakeholders on 28-29 October, covers key issues of convergence for the 79 member states spanning Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands.

Statement by the ACP Secretary General at the 43rd Brussels Development Briefing on Emerging Donors and Rising Powers in Agriculture in ACP countries, 27 October 2015, Brussels

I thank the CTA for inviting the Secretariat to deliver an opening remark at this important event where the issue of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” will be discussed. 
Furthermore, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of the CTA on the regular organization of the series of Policy Briefings on the important issues of agriculture and rural development, targeting ACP countries. The wider coverage and participation of stakeholders in the series of briefings on agriculture and rural development is most commendable. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,



We, Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States responsible for trade matters, meeting in Brussels from  19 to 21 October 2015 to, among other things, review preparations for the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) in Nairobi and provide political guidance  to our Member States; 

ACP Trade Ministers resolve to advance development agenda at 10th WTO Conference

Brussels, 22 October 2015/ ACP: Trade Ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are committed to a successful outcome at the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), calling on WTO member countries to affirm their commitment to the Doha Development Agenda, in particular on the core areas in the negotiations that are important to developing countri

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General meets with the Prime Minister of Senegal

Brussels, 16 October 2015/ ACP: ACP Secretary General H.E Dr. Patrick Gomes met with the Prime Minister of Senegal H.E Mohammed Dionne on the margins of the Rebranding Africa Forum held in Brussels. Also pictured is the Ambassador of Senegal to the EU H.E Amadou Diop (right).

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WTO DG Azevêdo: Nairobi ministerial will be a milestone for the future of the WTO

Brussels, 21 October 2015/ WTO: Attending a meeting of trade ministers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Brussels today (21 October), WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo outlined the significance of the WTO’s forthcoming ministerial conference in Nairobi in December.

Statement by the Secretary General at the ACP Ministers of Trade meeting, 21 October 2015, Brussels


Good morning:  May I begin by conveying my apologies for not being able to be with you yesterday given the demand to be in Luxembourg with the EU’s Court of Auditors, the current EU’s presidency of Luxembourg and the Commissioner of International and Development Cooperation.

ACP Trade ministers ‘concerned’ with preparations for upcoming WTO ministerial

Brussels, 21 October 2010/ ACP: Ministers and senior officials of trade from more than 50 member countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are in Brussels for two days to decide on a common strategic position in the lead up to the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 15-18 December.

The WTO Conference is the highest decision-making body and meets every two years. It can take decisions on all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.

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