Statement by the Secretary General at the Opening of the Central African Regional Consultations of the Eminent Persons Group, 2 June 2014, Malabo - Equatorial Guinea

Your Excellency, Teodoro Obiang Nguema MBASOGO, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Your Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria and Chairman of the ACP Eminent Persons' Group (EPG)
Your Excellency, Bharrat JAGDEO, former President of Guyana and other ACP Eminent Persons Group members present,
Honourable Ministers, 
Highly distinguished personalities, delegates and resource persons,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Seychelles, Ghana sign administrative cooperation agreement for implementation of cumulation provisions under the ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Victoria, 30 May 204/ MFA Seychelles: On the 20th May 2014, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles and of the Republic of Ghana signed an agreement on administrative cooperation (ACA) to fulfill the requirements for cumulation with ACP countries laid down under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA). It is believed that this agreement between Ghana and Seychelles is the first of its kind to be signed by two ACP States – in view of satisfying the administrative requirements under their respective trading arrangements with the EU.


The Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group),

Bangladeshi Head of Mission received at ACP House

Brussels, 20 May 2014/ ACP: The ACP Secretary General welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Bangladesh to Belgium, the European Union and Luxembourg, H.E Ms. Ismat Jahan to the ACP House for a courtesy visit on Thursday 15 May. The aim was to learn more about the ACP Group and exchange views on how countries such as hers can work better with the ACP in strengthening South-South cooperation.

Cashew – an opportunity for poverty reduction in ACP countries

Brussels 20 May 2014/ ACP: The demand for cashew nuts – the popular and nutritious snack and food source – is rising globally. With Africa turning out 1.2 million tons per year, the Africa Cashew Initiative (ACi) has highlighted the notable opportunities of cashew production and growing markets for the ACP Group.

EU fully resumes development cooperation with Madagascar

Brussels, 19 May 2014/ Council of European Union/ACP: The Council of the European Union today decided to repeal its decision under Article 96 of the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement on Madagascar, which had been in force since 2010. This means the full resumption of EU development cooperation with this country. 

ACP envoys discuss "new norms" for development cooperation with Indian ambassador

Brussels, 16 May 2014/ ACP: Indian Ambassador to the EU H.E Manjeev Singh Puri called for enhanced South-South and Triangular cooperation, in a special discussion with fellow African, Caribbean and Pacific diplomats on Tuesday, at the invitation of the Working Group on Future Perspectives of the ACP.

Haitian Parliament ratifies revised Cotonou Accord

Brussels, 16 May 2014/ HPN/ ACP:  The Parliament of Haiti has ratified the revision of ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement during its session of 30 April 2014, according to local reports. The European Union representative in the country has welcomed the action.

Statement by the ACP Committee of Ambassadors on the abduction of school children in Nigeria by Boko Haram

Brussels, 16 May 2015/ ACP: The ACP Committee of Ambassadors wishes to join the international community in its strong condemnation of the cowardly and dastardly abduction of the school girls from Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists.

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