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PRESS RELEASE: ACP Members of Parliament urge more understanding from Europe on free trade agreements

Brussels, 22 March 2012/ ACP: Spirited calls from Parliamentary Members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States have appealed for flexibility, empathy and “practical reason” from European authorities, regarding stalled free trade negotiations with their regions.

ACP Keynote Statement at 2nd European Raw Material Conference, 20 March 2012, Brussels

Keynote address delivered by Mr Achille Bassilekin III, Assistant Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat and Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade on the occasion of the 2nd European Raw Material Conference held in Brussels, Belgium 20 March 2012.

SPEECH: Address of the Secretary General at the 27th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly, 20 March 2012 in Brussels

ACP Parliamentary Assembly March 2012

(Photo: 27th ACP Parliamentary Assembly Plenary, ACP House)

ADDRESS OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL on the occasion of the 27th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly

Brussels, 20 March 2012

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ACP shares condolence upon loss of Tongan Head of State

Brussels, 20 March 2012/ ACP: Parliamentarians from 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries observed a minute of silence this morning in Brussels, in solidarity with the people of Tonga after the death of the country's monarch King George Tupou V on Sunday afternoon.

NEWS: Kenyan flower sector in jeopardy as EU mulls over EPA deadline

Brussels, 18 March 2012/ The Standard (Kenya): Kenya’s flower exports to the European Union (EU) will be subjected to a 16 per cent duty should a proposal to impose a deadline on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations sail through the European Parliament this year.

NEWS: YoBloCo awards rewards ACP youth and institutions for agri-blogging

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ARDYIS: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) has announced the winners of the first edition of the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards).

NEWS: EPA framework can improve investment flow says CARICOM study, but faces low investor awareness

Georgetown GUYANA, 16 March 2012/ CARICOM/ GT: The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) of the African Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP Group) provides a comprehensive framework to improve the flow of investments between the two parties, says a new report commissioned by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat-based EPA Implementation Unit.

ACP holds minute of silence in honor of lives lost in coach accident

Brussels, 16 March 2012/ ACP: The Secretary General and staff of the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, today joined the Belgian nation in observing a minute of silence at 11h00 in honour of the 28 lives lost in a tragic coach crash in Switzerland on Tuesday 13 March. Amongst those killed were 22 children and six adults.

ACP saddened by loss of American statesman, advocate for Africa

Brussels, 14 March 2012/ ACP: A message of condolence has been sent on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States after the recent death of U.S Representative Hon. Donald Payne earlier this month.

NEWS: EU-funded exchange programme seeks more Caribbean applicants

12 March 2012/ RP: The European Commission wants more participation of the Caribbean in a programme designed to fund exchanges of students and researchers in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

The second call of the programme gives €2m (US$2,6million) to the Caribbean and Pacific states. This is the same amount that they received in the first call of the programme, launched in December 2010.

The Intra-ACP Academic Mobility scheme which promotes higher education cooperation between countries in the ACP was issued on 10 February.


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