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About the ACP Group
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement signed in Cotonou, Benin in the year 2000. It is also known as the 'ACP-EC Partnership Agreement' which binds the ACP countries to the European Union.
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The ACP Group comprises:
Sub-Saharan Africa (48)
The Caribbean (16)
The Pacific (15)
Sub-Saharan Africa (48):
Angola – Benin – Botswana - Burkina Faso – Burundi – Cameroon - Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) - Central African Republic – Chad – Comoros - Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Djibouti - Equatorial Guinea – Eritrea – Ethiopia – Gabon – Gambia – Ghana – Guinea - Guinea-Bissau – Kenya – Lesotho – Liberia – Madagascar – Malawi – Mali – Mauritania – Mauritius – Mozambique – Namibia – Niger – Nigeria - Republic of the Congo – Rwanda - São Tomé and Príncipe – Senegal – Seychelles - Sierra Leone – Somalia - South Africa – Sudan – Swaziland - Tanzania – Togo – Uganda – Zambia - Zimbabwe
The Caribbean (16):
Antigua and Barbuda – Bahamas – Barbados – Belize – Cuba – Dominica - Dominican Republic – Grenada – Guyana – Haiti – Jamaica - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago
The Pacific (15):
Cook Islands - Fiji – Kiribati - Marshall Islands - Federated States of Micronesia – Nauru – Niue – Palau - Papua New Guinea – Samoa - Solomon Islands - Timor-Leste – Tonga – Tuvalu - Vanuatu
The ACP Group´s main objectives are:
- 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;
- Coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements;
- Consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples;
- Establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.