Global business network for Small Island States

Apia, Samoa, 4 September 2014/ ACP: Representatives of the ACP Secretariat participated in a critical forum on private sector development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which called for the creation of a Global Business Network for SIDS – 36 of which are ACP member countries - to build fruitful partnerships and accelerate their sustainable development.

ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly meetings postponed

Brussels, 15 September 2014/ ACP: The 36th session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the inter-sessional meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), previously scheduled for 23-26 September have been postponed. 

In the news: Nigeria's Technical Aid Corps for ACP countries to expand to Brazil, Venezuela, Vietnam

Abuja, 10 September 2014/ TD/ NAN: Nigeria is to send volunteers to provide technical assistance to Brazil, Venezuela and Vietnam, the Director-General, Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, has said.

Eminent Persons Group brief ACP Ambassadors to the WTO on initial findings of 18-month review

Geneva, 9 September 2014/ ACP: The Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States met the ACP Ambassadors to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to solicit their views on the Group’s future perspectives up to and beyond 2020 when the Partnership Agreement with the European Union known as Cotonou Agreement comes to an end.


Former Mines Minister of Guinea and current Ambassador to the European Union H.E Dr. Ousmane Sylla will preside over the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group for the period 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015. ACP Press discusses his plans for the ACP work programme, the post-2015 development agenda, and the economic transformation of ACP countries.


New leadership for ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 9 September 2014/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels will hold its first regular session this month since appointing a new Chair and a new Bureau to coordinate its work.

Statement by the Assistant Secretary General Mr Achille Bassilekin III at the 3rd International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), 1-4 September, Samoa

Mr President; Excellencies; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and gentlemen,

I speak on behalf of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the ACP, which is one of the largest groups of developing countries in the world, consisting of 80 Member countries of which 36 are Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  

Allow me, from the outset, to express our gratitude to the Government and people of Samoa for the excellent organisation of this Conference and for the warm welcome received on arrival to this beautiful island.

Initial findings of ACP Eminent Persons Group Report presented to Pacific and Caribbean leaders

Apia, Samoa, 4 September 2014/ ACP: Leaders from the Pacific and Caribbean were briefed on the progress made by the Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on the future perspectives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States today.

Eminent Persons Group concludes the final round of regional consultations on future perspectives of the ACP

Luanda, Angola, 2 September 2014/ ACP: The Eminent Persons Group (EPG) has concluded the final round of regional consultations in Luanda, Angola as part of an 18-month review of the ACP Group.

Eminent Persons Group on track with report on ACP future

Brussels, 2 August 2014/ ACP: The Drafting Committee of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) concluded a vigorous week of work in Brussels on Friday, preparing its report on the future orientation of the ACP Group. The report is to be a key item on the agenda for the upcoming Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, scheduled for the 6-7 November in Paramaribo, Suriname.

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