African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries

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African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries

A group of 79 independent states that have undertaken to reduce poverty, promote development and seek greater integration into the global economy. Nearly all the ACP countries are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, giving members a special relationship with the European Union. Many ACP states are among the least developed in the world.
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The most fundamental question we need to ask is, must African, Caribbean and Pacific countries relate through Europe?
The agreement is the basis of the EU engagement with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the agreement, requires recipients to ratify the Rome Statute, which establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The deal would result in aid of about $300m to banana growers in certain African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development said: "The new deal on EU banana import tariffs will be a boon to Latin American exporters but would trigger a drop in exports of the fruit from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries."
ActionAid claims that Mr Mandelson is violating a trade and development treaty in a move which could threaten the jobs of millions of poor people in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
But the EU is also the second biggest importer after Russia, because of preferential arrangements made with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which guarantee stable prices.
As a result of Australia's indifference, canned Philippines and Thai tuna fish will be levied a 25% tariff as against zero tariff on fish that comes from some African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.
October 4, 2008 (KHARTOUM) -- Sudanese official said the European Union Group lobbied the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries in a bid to dissuade them from including their supportive position to the Sudanese president in the final communiquE[umlaut] of their summit.
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