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On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.

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New Ambassadors throw weight behind ACP aspirations

Brussels, 1 August 2012/ ACP: The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States welcomed three new members who recently began their tenures as official envoys to the European Union (EU) and Benelux states.

 

NEWS: Uganda illegal timber trade tracked under ACP-FLEGT programme

Kampala, UGANDA, 1 August 2012/ UO: First, it was in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Starting from the late 1990s, many Uganda dealers have raided the rich forests of that volatile eastern part of that country and cut down trees in a smuggling campaign that has helped Uganda’s overheated property market on its feet.
 

NEWS: Small Caribbean manufacturers more worried about EPA after Europe tour

Kingston JAMAICA, 1 August 2012/ JM: Trade agreements with the European Union may have little to offer small operators in the medium term, according to some local manufacturers, citing small-scale production in many Jamaican plants, which affects pricing and the ability to compete.

"We are not yet ready for the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Due to economies of scale, we will not be able to compete," said Sonya Dunstan, CEO of Taste of Caribbean Limited, in the wake of a tour of European firms in June.

 

SECRETARY GENERAL'S SPECIAL TRIBUTE to the late President of Ghana H.E Professor John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills ACPBrussels, 30 July 2012: It was with much grief that we learned of the passing of H. E. Professor John Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana. At the time of his death on Tuesday 24th July, the late President was the Chairman of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States by virtue of Ghana having hosted the Sixth Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government in October 2008.

NEWS: ACP Fish II Programme protecting Jamaica's aquaculture sector

Kingston, JAMAICA 30 July 2012/ ACP Fish II/ ACP: Jamaica’s efforts to protect and resuscitate its aquaculture industry is benefiting from technical expertise from the European Union (EU), to formulate an aquaculture land and water use development plan.  This, as the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Fish II Programme rolls out its support to strengthen fisheries management

NEWS: Namibian President calls on EU to waive EPA deadline

Windhoek, NAMIBIA 30 July 2012/ TN: Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the European Union (EU) not to implement its 2014 trade pact deadline which, if missed, will cost his country millions in export levies.
 

NEWS: EU trade reforms may 'hurt developing countries', warns report

27 July 2012/ TG: Developing countries stand to lose out from trade reforms that are pushing the EU towards more protectionist policies, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

NEWS: Pacific ACP calls for stronger regional integration

Suva, FIJI 27 July 2012/ PIFS Press Release: Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has called on the Pacific region to intensify and accelerate its efforts towards regional integration.
 

In his remarks at the inaugural Pacific ACP Officials' Meeting at the Secretariat in Suva, Fiji on Friday, Mr Slade said: "As we seek to further engage with Europe in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement, our efforts towards regional integration should be intensified and accelerated."

NEWS: Jamaica to seek ACP-EU funding for agro-training programme

Kingston, 27 July 2012/ JIS/ ACP: Jamaica’s Ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries and Education are collaborating to enhance the application of agricultural science in education curricula, including submitting a joint project proposal for ACP-EU funding that would boost training in agricultural technologies and certify graduates in agricultural engineering for subsequent employment in the sector.
 

ACP-EU JPA PRESS RELEASE on the fact-finding mission to Fiji

26 July 2012/ACP-EU JPA: First and foremost, the Mission expresses its gratitude to the Government and people of Fiji for making this Mission possible. The Mission is also thankful to all the stakeholders whom it has had the privilege of meeting and the frank and open discussions with all of them. This will assist the JPA to have a better understanding of the political situation in Fiji.


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