11th EDF full entry into force brings €30.5 billion on-stream for ACP countries

Brussels, 10 March 2015/ EC/ ACP: The European Commission has announced the full entry into force of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The EDF is a cornerstone of the EU's international cooperation and development policy that concretely implements the long-standing partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries under the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement.

The EDF also covers cooperation with the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) as laid down in the Overseas Association Decision.

ACP Secretary-General condemns terrorist attack in Bamako

Brussels, 9 March 2015: The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group), Dr Patrick I. Gomes, was outraged to learn of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Bamako on 7 March 2015, in which five people were killed and several wounded.  

ACP celebration of International Women's Day 2015

Brussels, 6 March 2015/ ACP: Strong messages from the ACP Secretary General, Head of UN Women and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) added to a vibrant programme at ACP House on Thursday 5 March marking International Women’s Day.
 

Statement by the Secretary General at the ACP celebration of International Women's Day, 5 March 2015, Brussels

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on this auspicious occasion – the celebration of international women’s day. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Secretariat for organising this event, in particular, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Human Development, Mme. Michèle Dominique Raymond, who has taken the lead in organising this event for the past 4 years.

Statement by the ACP Secretary-General on the draft Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali

The Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes, has been keenly monitoring the fifth stage of the negotiations between the Government of the Republic of Mali and the Movements signatory to the Roadmap of 24 July 2014.

“African cotton at a crossroads”: Marking 10 years of the EU-Africa Partnership on Cotton in Cotonou, Benin

Brussels, 3 March 2015/ ACP: The EU-Africa Partnership on cotton was established in July 2004 at a time when the price of cotton had been following a historic downward trend since 2000. The programme is funded by the European Development Fund under the ACP-EU partnership framework.
 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: ACP Secretary General meets President of the Republic of Congo H.E. Denis Sassou-Nguesso

Brussels, 3 March 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the ACP Group, H.E. Dr Patrick Gomes met with the President of the Republic of Congo H.E. Denis Sassou-Nguesso who was in Brussels this week.
 

Inaugural statement of the Secretary General Dr. Patrick Gomes to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, 2 March 2015, Brussels

[Protocols]

The event for which we are gathered this evening takes place in the year that makes the milestone 40th Anniversary of the creation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States by the Georgetown Agreement on June 6, 1975.

Statement by the Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors H.E. Roy Mickey Joy, welcoming the new Secretary General, 2 March 2015, Brussels

It is both a privilege and an honour for me and fellow members of the Committee of Ambassadors to welcome, this afternoon, a colleague and a brother in the new Secretary-General of the ACP Group, His Excellency, Dr. Patrick I. Gomes.
 
Mr. Secretary-General,
 

Secretary General's vision welcomed by ACP members

Brussels, 2 March 2015/ ACP: The Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Dr. Patrick Gomes outlined his vision for the organisation in his maiden address to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, since taking office on 1st March 2015.


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