European Development Days 2016: Joint action in favour of ACP countries

Posted on: May 05, 2016


The 2016 European Development Days (EDD2016) are fast approaching, with this year’s focus on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In pursuit of the overarching objective of sustainable development, multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships make EDD an engaging and participatory forum with its distinctive assembly of development actors. 

In the spirit of cooperation, the EU-ACP Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the ACP-EU Technical Barriers to Trade Programme (TBT Programme) and the ACP-EU TradeCom II Programme (TradeCom II) will jointly organise two attractive debates at EDD2016 on development issues pertinent to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of countries (ACP).

The first debate on: “Developments in agricultural trade and the Sustainable Development Goals in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries” will take place in Brussels on June 15, inst. 15 between 09.30 - 10.45. This debate will bring insight from experts and engage participants on how current and future trends in agricultural trade and investment, and enhanced public-private partnerships, can support development in ACP countries. Panellists including Amb. PI Gomes (Secretary-General, ACP Sect.), Arancha González (Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), John Clarke (DG Agriculture) and Daniel Gad (Managing Director, Omega Farms Ethiopia) will share their insightful views and experience on this topic. More information available at:

The second debate entitled: “The Treatment of Food Standards in Mega-RTAs Policy Implications for ACP Countries” will be held in Brussels on June 16, inst. from  09.15 to 10.30. The rules governing global trade are increasingly being defined by mega-RTAs such TTIP, TTP and RCEP, with important development implications for the ACP in terms of full integration into global value chains, capacity to negotiate regulatory frameworks, and ACP producers’ ability to meet compliance costs, including tighter food standards. This panel will see the contributions of experts such as Catherine Grant (TRALAC), Donald MMari (REPOA) Edwin Laurent (Ramphal Institute) and Jackie Le Goses (DG SANCO) express their respective insights on what recent global trade developments portend for ACP development. More information available at:


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