African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Caribbean group East and South Africa group Pacific group West African group Southern African group Central African group East Africa group The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of African, Caribbean
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
East and South Africa group
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of African, Caribbean and Pacific States signatories to the Georgetown Agreement or the Partnership Agreement between the ACP and the European Union, officially called the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” or the “Cotonou Agreement”. The Group consists of 79 Member-States, all of them, except Cuba, are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement which binds them to the European Union: 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.
However, over the years, cooperation with the European Union has gone beyond development cooperation. It now covers a variety of fields spanning from trade, economics, politics and culture, as well as in diverse international fora such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Cooperation between the European Union and the ACP Group began in 1975 with the First Lome Convention but however, the origin of this type of partnership dates back to the birth of Europe (Treaty of Rome) itself as an organised regional entity. In fact, it is the Treaty of Rome created that created an avenue for cooperation with the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
The ACP Group´s main objectives are;-
(i) sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order;
(ii) coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements;
(iii) consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples;
(iv) establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.
Currently Zambia is a member of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs and Environment.
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“Eastern and Southern Africa group” (COMESA related)
|“CEMAC plus São Tomé and Príncipe, DR Congo group” (ECCASrelated)
“West Africa group” (ECOWAS plus Mauritania)
All countries of the Pacific Islands Forum group negotiate in the Pacific EPA with the EU. The related EU OCTs are: New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia, Pitcairn, Islands.
In this region are located the EU OCTs of Greenland and Saint Pierre and Miquelon but there are no ACP states.
In this region are located the EU OCTs of Saint Helena and the Falkland Islands, but there are no ACP states. Nevertheless Saint Helena is developing links with the SADC EPA group.
The uninhabited EU OCTs do not participate in regional integration and do not receive development funding from the EU.
British Indian Ocean Territory, located in the Indian Ocean
French Southern and Antarctic Territories, located in the Indian Ocean
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, located in the South Atlantic, thus in a group with the inhabited OCTs there
British Antarctic Territories, located near the South Atlantic, thus in a group with the inhabited OCTs there
Landlocked ACP states
Central African Republic
Island ACP states
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
São Tomé and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU joint)
ACP-EU cooperation dossier of Euforic
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
African Voices: About EC Aid to Africa
The Courier – The Magazine of Africa, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union cooperation and relations
EU cooperation for ACP countries