His Excellency Ambassador Sibusisiwe MNGOMEZULU was today introduced to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

His Excellency Ambassador Sibusisiwe MNGOMEZULU was today introduced to the ACP Committee of Ambassadors at the ACP House, where he was welcomed by the Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, HE. Teshome TOGA of Ethiopia and the Secretary General, Dr. Patrick GOMES.

Following a brief introduction of His Excellency by the Chief of Protocol, the Deputy Dean of the Committee of Ambassadors, H.E. Daniel Evina ABE’E of Cameroon, speaking on behalf of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, welcomed His Excellency and acknowledged with appreciation Ambassador Sibusisiwe MNGOMEZULU’s particular extensive private sector experience, which he stated would add much needed value to the ACP Group going forward, and looked forward to his contribution to the Committee’s work. He also pledged the support of the Group in assisting him carry out his mandate.

 

Three more countries sign Joint Undertaking to foster enabling trade environment amongst ACP states

20160915_swazilandjointundertakingBrussels, 15 September 2016/ ACP: The Kingdom of Swaziland joined the growing number of ACP countries party to the Joint Undertaking on Administrative Cooperation for the Implementation of Cumulation Provisions contained in the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

During a special ceremony at the ACP House last week, the Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko (pictured Right-seated) signed the agreement, which allows the implementation of cumulation provisions amongst countries that have signed Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the EU.

The Joint Undertaking allows cumulation provisions between EPA signatory states and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the EU, as well as with other non-signatory ACP countries benefitting from duty-free quota-free access into the EU.

It is expected that the Signing the agreement will establish an enabling environment for trade amongst all the ACP EPA signatory parties.

Swaziland joins Lesotho and Mauritius (which signed with reservations) as the most recent signatories to the agreement, bringing the total number of countries to nine.

The Joint Undertaking will also empower the various customs administrations of the ACP EPA signatory parties and OCTs to interact with one another and put in place systems that would enable them to import materials from one another, do further processing and export the final product to the EU under preferential conditions.

The document may serve as a template for similar agreements to be negotiated on a bilateral basis by ACP countries/regions with certain non-ACP countries.

(Photo: Ambassador of Swaziland H. E. Mr. Joel M. Nhleko signing the Joint Undertaking)

– ACP Press