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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Political dialogue and mutual respect should remain at the core of the future EU/African, Caribbean and Pacific partnership from 2020, MEPs said on Thursday. Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the ACP group of 78 African, Caribbean, and Pacific states, which are to start in August 2018, MEPs welcomed the proposed overall architecture of future cooperation between the two regions, as recommended by the EU Commission, in a debate on Wednesday.

Increasing agricultural production by smallholder farmers, boosting agricultural value chains to revitalize the agricultural economic sector, providing technical support and investment to Liberia’s emerging agro-enterprises, and increasing the utilization of nutritious food by vulnerable households; these are just some of the key objectives of a major new European Union funded project which focuses on stimulating the Agriculture Sector across seven counties of Liberia over the next five years.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The 35th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place from 18 to 20 June 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). It will be preceded by meetings of the three standing committees and the Bureau on 16 and 17 June 2018.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ahead of negotiations for a renewed partnership between the EU and the 78 Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) group of states, which are to start in August 2018, MEPs will discuss priorities for a future partnership agreement, such as migration, political dialogue, human rights and governance, in a debate on 13 June, and vote on them on 14 June.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Seychelles got the attention of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations today when President Danny Faure addressed them on the islands' innovative financing for the blue economy and ocean sustainability. This year's G7 chair Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had invited President Faure and the leaders of 10 other island and developing countries to join France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States at a special session on 'healthy, productive and resilient oceans and seas, coasts and communities'.

Despite ambitious goals, France is struggling to get its development aid to the poorest countries as well as for gender-equality programmes, according to an assessment by the OECD. EURACTIV.fr reports. The OECD has examined French development aid. In a summary of its report, which will be available in September, the OECD’s development aid committee (CAD) highlights a number of successes but also points to weaknesses in France’s cooperation policy for the period 2013-2018.

Farmers and herders in the Sahel Region of Africa will receive support on behalf of Sweden, said the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) is to allocate US$9.9mn in response to an appeal from the UN last month.

We, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, Representing 107 countries from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the European Union, committed to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Guided by the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement; In pursuit of the full and effective implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement; Committed to the attainment of the long term goals of the Paris Agreement for development, prosperity and security of our planet and people

Eight ACP heads of government attended the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, namely, Jovenel Moïse: President of Haiti and Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM, Andrew Holness: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Uhuru Kenyatta: President of Kenya, Hilda Heine: President of the Marshall Islands, Paul Kagame: President of Rwanda and Chair of the African Union, Macky Sall: President of Senegal, Danny Faure: President of Seychelles and Cyril Ramaphosa: President of South Africa.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The annual meeting of Ministers from the European Union and the countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific was an opportunity to hold fruitful and constructive discussions on the way forward for their future relationship and to take stock of the progress already made. The meeting, which took place in Lomé, Togo, was hosted by the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé and co-chaired by H.E. Ms Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica and H.E. Ms Ekatarina Gecheva-Zahareva Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria.