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ACP Institutions

Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government

The Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government is the supreme organ of the ACP Group. Since 1997, Heads of State and Government of ACP member-countries have been meeting regularly to lay down the broad guidelines for the general policy of the ACP Group and give the Council of Ministers instructions relating to its implementation. The Summit is presided over by the Head of State or Government of the host-country and organized by a Bureau comprising the President-in-Office, the outgoing President and the incoming President (if already designated).

ACP Summits:

  • The Seventh Summit, Malabo-Sipopo, Equatorial Guinea, December 2012

  • The Sixth Summit, Accra, Ghana, October 2008

  • The Fifth Summit, Khartoum, Sudan, December 2006

  • The Fourth Summit, Maputo, Mozambique, June 2004

  • The Third Summit, Nadi, Fiji, June 2002

  • The Second Summit, Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic, November 1999

  • The First Summit, Libreville, Gabon, November 1997

For further information: http://www.acp.int/content/summits

Council of Ministers

The Council of Ministers is the ACP Group’s main decision-making body. It is the supreme body responsible for implementing the guidelines laid down by the Summit. Ministerial sectoral meetings are held regularly, namely, Meeting of Trade Ministers, Meeting of Ministers of Culture, etc. The Council is composed of a member of Government from each ACP State or a government-designated representative. It outlines the terms and conditions for implementing the Group’s objectives as set out in its general policy, and periodically checks to see whether these objectives have been attained. The Council meets twice annually in ordinary sessions. It may also meet, when necessary, in special session, on the advice of the President, after consultation with all the members of the Bureau.

For further information: http://www.acp.int/content/council-ministers

Committee of Ambassadors

The Committee of Ambassadors is the second decision-making body of the ACP Group. It acts on behalf of the Council of Ministers between ministerial sessions. It is composed of the Ambassadors or one representative from every ACP State. The role of the Committee of Ambassadors consists in:

· Assisting the Council of Ministers in its functions and carrying out any mandate assigned; and

· Monitoring the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement with a view to achieving its stated objectives.

The Committee presents its activity report at every session of the Council of Ministers. The acts of the Committee of Ambassadors can take the form of decisions, resolutions or recommendations which are adopted on the basis of consensus among its members.

The Committee has six technical Subcommittees which cover the following areas:

· Political, social, humanitarian and cultural affairs

· Trade and Commodity Protocols

· Investment and the private sector

· Sustainable development

· Financing and development

· Establishment and Finance

There is a Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors that coordinates the work of the Committee of Ambassadors. It is composed of nine members:

· Four African representatives (one per region)

· One representative from the Caribbean

· One representative from the Pacific.

· A Chairperson selected on the basis of a rotation among the four African regions, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, to ensure that the six regions have an equal opportunity to chair the Committee of Ambassadors.

· the outgoing Chair and incoming Chair as full members.

For further information: http://www.acp.int/content/committee-ambassadors

ACP Secretariat

The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work.

The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy. The Secretariat, under the direction of the ACP Group's policy-making organs (Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, Council of Ministers, Committee of Ambassadors), is responsible for:

· carrying out the tasks assigned to it by the Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government, Council of Ministers, Committee of Ambassadors and the ACP Parliamentary Assembly;

· contributing to the implementation of the decisions of these organs;

· monitoring the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement;

· assisting the ACP organs and joint institutions created in the framework of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreements.

Acting on proposals from the Committee of Ambassadors, the Council of Ministers determines the structure of the ACP Secretariat and lays down its Staff Regulations.

The Secretary-General is responsible for recruiting staff for the ACP Secretariat, an exercise which is based solely on the competence of the candidates. Nevertheless, the Secretary-General ensures, as much as possible, that a balance is maintained among the different ACP regions, as reflected in the recruitment statistics.

The Council of Ministers determines the ACP Secretariat's financial regulations and approves its budget. Each ACP State contributes to financing the budget in conformity with the provisions laid down by the Council of Ministers.

For further information: http://www.acp.int/content/secretariat-acp

ACP Parliamentary Assembly

The Meeting of ACP members of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly is the organisation of ACP Parliamentarians who are members of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA). The JPA is a joint Assembly which brings together an equal number of ACP and EU Parliamentarians. The meeting of ACP members acts as an advisory assembly of the Group.

For further information: http://www.acp.int/content/acp-eu-joint-parliam...

Signing of the Charter to create the ACP Consultative Assembly

On 15 April 2005, 27 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries signed the Charter creating the ACP Consultative Assembly at an official Ceremony presided over by Mrs. Sharon Hay-Webster, at that time ACP Co-President of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly, at the Conference Centre in Bamako. The Charter effectively brings the Assembly into existence, thereby providing an institutional framework for the work of the ACP Parliamentarians. The Assembly is not a new structure, but rather the formalisation and re-affirmation of the existing inter-parliamentary cooperation mechanism within the ACP Group, as provided for in Article 18 of the Georgetown Agreement.

List of countries that have signed the Charter and Rules of ACP Parliamentary Assembly as of 16 November 2007: http://www.acp.int/content/parliamentary-assembly