United front and best EPA, Pacific ACP trade ministers urged

Suva, Fiji, 10 April 2014/ FL/ PN: Fiji's Trade Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on Pacific ACP Trade Ministers to remain firm and united ahead of talks with the European Union (EU) for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Zimbabwe cotton-to-clothing industry benefits from ACP-EU backing

Harare, 10 April 2014/ F2F/ EEAS Zim: The European Union will assist the Zimbabwean cotton industry in developing a cotton-to-clothing strategy that aims at enhancing development and competitiveness of the sector, according to a statement from the Delegation of the EU to Zimbabwe.

ACP Eminent Persons Group drafting committee kick off review work

Brussels, 10 April 2014/ ACP: A year shy of its 40th anniversary, having spent decades working to lift its people out of poverty, the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – the largest intergovernmental association of developing countries in existence – is undergoing a period of profound self-review.

COLUMN: Steadying the ship in stormy waters - A message to youth

by Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, Chef de Cabinet

This is a summarised version of a public lecture delivered to the Annual Congress of the National Economics Students Association of (NESA) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, on Wednesday 12th March 2014.



Today, Rwanda and the entire international community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place in that country in 1994. The memory of this unspeakable tragedy continues to haunt our collective memory and constantly reminds us of the absolute need to remain vigilant in the face of the risk, not yet definitively eliminated, of reliving such inhumane acts based on an unjustified hatred of your fellowman.  

Equatorial Guinea head gifts € 200k to ACP Secretariat

Brussels, 7 April 2014/ ACP: The President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo pledged generous support to the ACP Group on Friday 4 April, including €200,000 to help the work of the Secretariat, and a commitment to host and bear the costs of the ACP Eminent Persons Group's regional consultations for Central Africa.

ACP SG, Cote D’Ivoire Prime Minister praise progress in ECOWAS region

Brussels, 4 April 2014/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General H.E Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni welcomed the Prime Minister of Cote D'Ivoire, H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan to the ACP House for a courtesy call on Tuesday 1 April.

New partnership between UN Women and ACP to enhance gender equality and women's empowerment

Brussels, 1 April 2014/ UN WOMEN/ ACP: A new partnership between the ACP Secretariat and UN Women was signed today by ACP Secretary-General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

West African leaders endorse "in principle" EPA deal with EU

Abuja, 31 March 2014/ ECOWAS PRESS RELEASE: West African leaders have endorsed “in principle” the conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a free trade area of the two economic blocs but urged the region’s chief negotiators to take appropriate measures to resolve outstanding technical issues within two months before the signing of the agreement.

New OECS envoy calls for “bold ideas, new vision”

Brussels 27 March 2014/ACP: The new ambassador for the Eastern Caribbean States to the EU has urged the ACP Group to make ambitious and innovative moves to reshape the organisation, in order to ensure its relevance in a multi-polar world.

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