December 11, 2019

Sustainable Trade: OECS signs € 3.6 million project to develop trade capacity in the region

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Thursday, July 4, 2019 — Stronger trade expertise and the creation of a harmonised trade information and facilitation platform in OECS Member States are key areas earmarked for development under the 3.6 million euro, EU/ACP-funded TradeCom II Agreement signed by OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules in Geneva, Switzerland today. The aim of the TradeCom II Programme is to […]

Int’l trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners

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BY Elizabeth Morgan From Jamaica Observer As we come to the end of 2018, I wish to provide an update on the international trade policy issues involving Jamaica and Caribbean partners: 1. Caricom/Caribbean Single Market and Economy The special meeting of Caricom heads of government held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 3-4, adopted […]

What’s at stake as EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, negotiate new accord

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By Vince Chadwick From devex BRUSSELS — After years of preparation and posturing, negotiations on the new relationship between the European Union and 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific states are finally underway. The talks come as ACP-EU Partnership Agreement — signed in Cotonou in 2000, which has set the legal framework for trade, dialogue, and […]

Caribbean and Brexit: Securing market access

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By Elizabeth Morgan From Jamaica Gleaner The European Union (EU) Summit addressing Brexit held on October 18 has come and gone with no UK withdrawal agreement and no date for another summit. While the EU has said that not enough progress was made, the view from the British side is that the agreement is 95 […]

EU – African, Caribbean and Pacific countries future partnership: Council adopts negotiating mandate

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On 22 June 2018, the Council adopted the negotiating mandate for the future agreement between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Formal negotiations will start by the end of August 2018, as provided by the current agreement, the Cotonou Agreement. The EU will work towards a substantially revised agreement with a […]

Why 79 ACP countries and EU must enter into new partnership

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By Robert Johnson From In Depth News BRUSSELS | LOMÉ (ACP-IDN) – The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of 79 States and 28 European Union (EU) members expires on February 29, 2020. Formal negotiations for a successor Agreement should commence by August 2018. With a view to underpinning […]

Caribbean States share common values & interests with other ACP Countries

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By Reinhardt Jacobsen From IDN BRUSSELS (IDN) – As the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) girds up its loins for talks on future relations with the European Union (EU) after the Cotonou Agreement expires in February 2020, the Caribbean Forum of the ACP States (CARIFORUM) has resolved that a new pact must […]

WTO talks collapse, Caribbean disappointed

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From Nation News BUENOS AIRES – Caribbean countries have expressed disappointment at the collapse of talks towards a final outcome document at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “The reality is that we’ve had countries take entrenched positions, and unless we are prepared to be flexible, we will not come […]

European Commission recommends draft negotiating directives for a modernised Partnership with countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

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Brussels, 12 December 2017 What is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, and why does it need to be renewed? Since 2000, the Cotonou Partnership Agreement has been the legal framework for the EU’s relations with the 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The […]

ACP condemns Europe over new tax haven list

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CMC From Nation News BRUSSELS – The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group has “strongly condemned” the “unilateral and discriminatory practices” of the European Union in the publication of a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. A statement following the 106th ACP Council of Ministers meeting here noted that in the last EU list, eight ACP […]