Brussels, 8 March 2016: The Draft Agenda for the upcoming ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers, scheduled for the 28-29 April in Dakar, Senegal has been endorsed by Member State representatives from the European Union as well as the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group.
The Joint Council of Ministers is the highest decision-making body of the ACP-EU Partnership, which brings together 28 Member States of the European Union and 78 from Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, under a legally-binding framework outlining parameters for trade, political dialogue and development cooperation between the two groups of countries.
Brussels, 7 March 2016: The ACP-EU TradeComII programme kicked off operations earlier this year, aimed at strengthening trade capacity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
Funded by the European Union, through the ACP-EU partnership, the TradeComII programme builds upon the former TradeCom Facilty and ACP Multilateral Trading System programmes that were implemented during the period of 2004 to 2012 and 2009 to 2014 respectively.
Brussels, 3 March 2016/ ACP: The Ambassador Mozambique to the European Union, H.E Mrs. Ana Nemba Uaiene (pictured, seated) signed the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) signed between ACP regions/countries and the EU, at the ACP headquarters on 2 March 2016.
With the signature, Mozambique will be party to the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.
Brussels, 3 March 2016: Ambassadors of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in Brussels will soon examine the draft report of Eminent Persons regarding the future of the ACP Group, at a special meeting on the topic slated for 21 March.
The 12-member Eminent Persons Group (EPG), chaired by the former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was created in 2013 and charged with reviewing the ACP Group as an organisation, including its successes and failures, and to provide recommendations for reforms in the future.
Brussels, 29 February 2016: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors welcomed two new diplomats from the Republic of Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who addressed their fellow African, Caribbean, and Pacific representatives for the first time last Thursday, since their recent designations to Brussels.
ACP Assistant Secretary General in charge of Macroeconomics, Development Finance and Intra-ACP Programming Mr. Henrique Banze joins an expert panel to discuss migration and development on Euronews current affairs programme The Network.
Brussels, 25 February 2016/ Euronews: Europe is the biggest spender on development aid worldwide providing approximately €50 billion each year.
Brussels 22 February 2016/ ACP: The Secretaries-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and the African, Caribbean Pacific Group of States met on the margins of a joint event held recently in Brussels on the subject of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, where they discussed common approaches with a view to collaborate on programmes in the areas of youth and women.
Brussels, 22 February 2016/ FAO/AU/ ACP: A special hub will support critical efforts to combat land degradation, desertification and drought in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, through an agreement signed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The FAO and AUC stated that the special hub will provide assistance in coordination, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, resource mobilisation, knowledge management for the implementation of the Action Against Desertification.