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Saturday, 20 January 2018
ACP Civil Society Representatives participated in their 2nd Forum which was held in Brussels from 19 to 21 April 2006. The Forum was chaired by Mr. Lucien Tape Mambo, President of the Union of NGOs of Côte d’Ivoire (UOCI), and adopted a Declaration with a view to promoting and reinforcing the role of non-state actors (NSA) in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement.
Tuesday, 25 April 2006

The ACP Secretariat has organised a technical meeting from 11 to 13 April 2006, followed by the first meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of asylum, migration and mobility issues. The meeting in its conclusions adopted the Brussels Declaration on asylum, migration and mobility issues as well as an action plan. At this important meeting, CTA presented its products and services and participated in the discussions.

From 10 to 13 April 2006 CTA organised a workshop on project preparation and management for its regional partners’ at its headquarters in Wageningen. Fifteen CTA partner organisations and networks from all ACP regions attended this workshop. The purpose was to improve the formulation and management of their regional projects. As an outcome, the regional partners obtained better insights into CTA’s requirements in terms of project preparation, management and reporting (technical and financial). They also had the opportunity to prepare project profiles for the period 2006-2007.
Monday, 24 April 2006
The 3rd meeting of the ACP Finance and Economic Affairs Ministers will take place at ACP House, Brussels, from 24 to 28 April 2006, to review ACP-EU financial cooperation and to discuss global financial issues. The Ministers will exchange views, adopt a common position and agree on a strategy in response to the development finance challenges currently facing the ACP Group. The Ministerial session will take place on 27-28 while the Senior Officials’ segment will take place on 24-26 April 2006.
At the meeting, emphasis will be placed on ACP-EU development finance cooperation, the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) on development and global monetary and financial issues, including a common approach to the Monterrey+5review.
The Ministers will also exchange views with the members of the European Commission responsible for Development and Trade, particularly on the implementation of ACP-EU development finance cooperation and ways of improving the disbursement of resources. They will discuss the EU development policy and strategy for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, financing of the development dimension of the EPA process, the reinforced HIPC[1] Initiative and other debt-relief measures, and the prospects for reducing debt in ACP countries.
The Ministers will meet with representatives from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the European Investment Bank and regional development banks to discuss the implementation of measures concerning debt relief and debt sustainability, aid for trade, financing of the adjustment costs linked to integration into the multilateral trading system and, finally, participation in the decision-making process of the Bretton Woods institutions.
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Sunday, 23 April 2006
The challenges of overlapping memberships of regional groupings are coming to the fore as African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries seek a new economic partnership with the European Union (EU). As negotiations for an economic partnership agreement (EPA) swing into gear, regional groupings such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) find themselves having to clear the first hurdle of how to deal with member states that also belong to other regional groupings.
The 14-member SADC finds itself having to go into the negotiations as a depleted grouping. About six countries - who are members of both SADC and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) - have broken ranks with SADC for purposes of the negotiations and are discussing with the EU under the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) banner. These are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Only Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and the United Republic of Tanzania are negotiating as SADC. South Africa participates only as an observer after having concluded its own trade agreement with the EU in the late 1990s.
The challenges of overlapping membership are likely to weaken negotiating positions of SADC and COMESA. Complicating the situation will be the request by South Africa for the EU to consider having a single SADC trade pact based on its own free trade deal with the Europeans.
Sunday, 23 April 2006
EU Commissioner Louis Michel to promote greater coordination between donors at the World Bank and IMF spring meetings
The Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, will meet with Finance and Development Ministers from around the world at the Development Committee of the World Bank and IMF on 23rd April. He will stress the importance of donors working together in order to realise the aid promises made in 2005.
This year’s Spring meetings will focus on good governance, debt relief and clean energy. On Saturday, Louis Michel will meet with the President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, to further the strong relationship between the World Bank and the Commission, which already works closely together at both headquarters and field level.
In the next years, the EU will be providing 80% of the additional aid promised by the international donor’s community. Because the beneficiary countries have limited resources to deal with many different donors and their regulations, their ability to absorb this aid strongly depends on the coordination and convergence on the donors side.
The Development Committee is one of the most important global fora on development issues, and the Commissioner’s messages will reach a wide audience with the potential to bring about a real shift in the way donors work together throughout the world. Louis Michel will emphasise the particular importance of promoting good governance, as key to development. Working together should also imply ensuring any conditions concerning good governance are discussed between donors and partner countries on the ground.
The Commissioner will also focus on how to provide aid which is both flexible and predictable. By providing budgetary aid, countries have the necessary flexibility to meet the varied needs of their poorest people. Budget support is currently the most volatile type of aid because of its annual conditionalities. The Commission plans to redress this by working with other donors from round the world.