Brussels, 30 September 2011: The ACP Group regrets the loss of two distinguished statesmen and one Nobel laureate from its family of nations who all passed away within days of each other last month.
National hero and former Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. George Price passed away 19 September at age 92. Rt Hon. Price is considered the founding father of Belize, having led the nation to independence from Britain three decades ago in September 1981. He served as Belize’s first Prime Minister from 1981-1984 and again in 1989-1993.
Brussels, 30 September 2011: Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States welcomed the recent victory 25-year-old Angolan Laila Lopes, who won the Miss Universe crown in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 12 September.
Miss Lopes beat out contestants from nearly 90 countries to take the coveted title at the pageant’s 60th anniversary.
ACP PRESS RELEASE, 29 September 2011: The Secretary-General of the ACP Group, Dr. Mohamed Ibn CHAMBAS, has noted with the utmost satisfaction, the Presidential, legislative and local elections held in Zambia on 20 September 2011.
ACP PRESS RELEASE, 20 September 2011: The ACP Sugar Group has recently been made aware through media reports of an “impact study” made by and for the European Commission. This study refers to proposals for changes in the European sugar regime. Though Commission consultations appear to be on-going, the press presents these proposals as those the Commission favours.
It is hoped that this is not accurate as some of the key assumptions and results are more than questionable.
Brussels, 19 September 2011: ACP Ambassadors paid tribute to their peer from Djibouti, H.E Mr. Mohamed Moussa Chehem, who concluded a distinguished decade-long term as Dean of ACP Ambassadors and the Diplomatic Corps of the Arab League last Thursday.
Brussels, 18 September 2011: A special guest at the Committee of Ambassadors last week highlighted the powerful potential for partnership between the ACP Group and Africa’s major development organization.
ACP PRESS RELEASE - 12 September 2011: Experts and Ambassadors will gather at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) headquarters in Brussels this Friday, 16 September, to discuss critical topics in managing the exploitation of mineral resources in the ACP region.
The one-day strategic seminar, titled “Stakes, challenges and perspectives on mineral resources management in ACP countries”, is hosted by the ACP Group, as part of an ongoing series of meetings focused on sustainable development for its member states.
Brussels, 12 September 2011: Twelve diplomats from the Republic of South Sudan were welcomed at the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) House in Brussels last week.
This is the first delegation from South Sudan, soon to be the newest member of the ACP Group since the nation gained independence in July 2011.
SPEECH: Secretary General's address at the 42nd Pacific Leaders' Forum, 7 September 2011, Auckland, NZ
Mr. Chairman, Rt Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Right Hon Prime Ministers, Distinguished Heads of Government of the Pacific, Secretary General Slade, Hon. Ministers,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,