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SPECIAL INTERVIEW: 'Do not repeat our original mistake', says Chair - ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Josephine Latu-Sanft,
Mon 14 Apr 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ----- The United Republic of Tanzania holds ACP Presidency for the period 1 February – 1 August 2014. During this period, Dr Diodorus Kamala chairs the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, a decision-making organ of the Group that reports to the Council of Ministers.

ACP Eminent Persons Group drafting committee kick off review work

Fri 11 Apr 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ----- A year shy of its 40th anniversary, having spent decades working to lift its people out of poverty, the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – the largest intergovernmental association of developing countries in existence – is undergoing a period of profound self-review.

New partnership between UN Women and ACP to enhance gender equality and women's empowerment

Thu 10 Apr 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- A new partnership between the ACP Secretariat and UN Women was signed by ACP Secretary-General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Equatorial Guinea head gifts € 200k to ACP Secretariat

Thu 10 Apr 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ----The President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo pledged generous support to the ACP Group on Friday 4 April, including €200,000 to help the work of the Secretariat, and a commitment to host and bear the costs of the ACP Eminent Persons Group's regional consultations for Central ...

Vanuatu will host Joint ACP -EU Parliamentary Assembly

Tue 25 Mar 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ------ Vanuatu will host the next Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in December this year.

Vanuatu Fisheries Minister on mission to clear Eu fisheries yellow card

Mon 24 Mar 2014 -

BELGIUM ---- Vanuatu's Fisheries Minister David Tosul and his delegation is in Brussels, Belgium on the final leg of negotiations with the European Union (EU) to uplift the yellow card served on Vanuatu in November 2012 over Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

EU committee asked to press Jakarta over Papua

Tue 28 Jan 2014 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- A European Union committee has been asked to press the Indonesian government for greater media freedom and an open dialogue with Papua.

Several Caribbean countries reportedly in arrears to ACP

Mon 23 Dec 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- At least three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are in arrears to the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group resulting in their nationals no longer finding employment within the ACP Secretariat, according to informed sources in Brussels.

Developing countries still waiting for a global response to Climate Change: ACP

Mon 23 Dec 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- As president of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi had the perfect forum to voice his concerns about the effects climate change has had on his island nation.

Several Caribbean countries reportedly in arrears to ACP

Mon 23 Dec 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- At least three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are in arrears to the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group resulting in their nationals no longer finding employment within the ACP Secretariat, according to informed sources in Brussels.

Developing countries still waiting for a global response to Climate Change: ACP

Mon 23 Dec 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- As president of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi had the perfect forum to voice his concerns about the effects climate change has had on his island nation.

“Doing less and choosing better”: Pacific perspectives on the future of the ACP Group

Geert Laporte
Mon 28 Oct 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belguim ---- The Pacific always has been regarded as “the small boy in the ACP class”. With the exception of the “Pacific giant” Papua New Guinea, the region mainly includes small independent islands states such as Niue, Tuvalu or Nauru. Some of these have less inhabitants than an average ...

Should the ACP Group continue to exist, and on what basis?

Dr Matlotleng Matlou, Director - Excelsior Afrika Consulting
Wed 23 Oct 2013 -

**BRUSSELS, Belgium ** --- The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states are at a crossroads about their future. Formed in 1975 as an example of South South solidarity; and to facilitate their interests vis-à-vis the European Union (EU), this organisation is facing major challenges in a changed global environment. The ...

EPA is no more

Thu 17 Oct 2013 -

BRUSSELS: In a surprise move this week, the European Union has moved to suspend negotiations for a new economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the islands of the Pacific, ISLANDS BUSINESS has been told.

ACP, EU press clubs link up with MOU

Thu 26 Sep 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---Press clubs and press centres of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are now linked to the European Federation of Press Clubs. The creation of a ACP-wide federation is also in the works.

EU Climate Commissioner urges Pacific Nations to share their experience of climate change

Wed 28 Aug 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The Pacific Island nations must show the world how climate change is affecting them says the EU head of Climate Action.

Commissioner Hedegaard to lead European Union delegation at the 44th Pacific Islands Forum

Wed 21 Aug 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, will be leading the European Union delegation to this year's Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro, Marshall Islands.

Vanuatu nominated to represent Pacific ACP Region in new CDE Board in Brussels

Mon 12 Aug 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The Government of Vanuatu has once again, with the support and endorsement of the Pacific ACP Ambassadors in Brussels been nominated to represent the Pacific region in the newly established Board of the Centre for the Development of Entreprises in Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium.

Vanuatu joins ACP Observer Mission to Legislative Elections in Togo

Tue 23 Jul 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The Government of Vanuatu has been nominated to be part of the current ACP Observer team to oversee the Legislative Election process-taking place in the Republic of Togo, West Africa beginning on the 25 July, 2013.

ACP countries continue fight against child labour as TACKLE programme wraps up

Tue 09 Jul 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belguim -- A crucial project aimed at tackling child labour in 12 African, Caribbean and Pacific states will come to a close next month, amidst pleas for its extension from country officials.

EU suspends EPA Negotiations to reflect on key contentious issues

Tue 09 Jul 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Last Friday saw the conclusion of another round of trade negotiations between Pacific ACP States (PACPS) and the EU on the Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA.

Major fish farming potential in ACP largely untapped

Tue 09 Jul 2013 -

BRUSSSELS, Belgium ---While the global demand for fish is climbing faster than what current resources can meet, fish farming or aquaculture remains a largely underdeveloped industry in African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. However, experts speaking at the 32nd CTA Brussels Briefing last week noted the “significant potential” of the sector ...

Pacific negotiators cry foul over EPA talks

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 04 Jul 2013 -

EC Headquarters, Brussels — Going onto the final week of a proposed regional trade agreement talks with the European Union, small Pacific states are crying foul over what they say is the Europeans' lack of sincerity and urgency in forging an agreement.

European Union agrees to $1.3 trillion budget to see 27-member bloc through until 2020

Sun 30 Jun 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ----- European Union leaders reached an outline deal Friday on the 27-country bloc’s 960 billion euro (US$1.3 trillion) seven-year budget, overcoming a British-French dispute to sign off on the agreement.

EU warned: Market flux, dented ACP economies if sugar quotas cut

Thu 27 Jun 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---- The ACP Sugar Group has warned the EU Council of market instability and the acute risk to their developing economies if the proposal to abolish EU sugar quotas in 2015 – rather than 2020 – is passed this week. The last ditch appeal comes as high level ...