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The ACP Private Sector Development Platform

The ACP-EU Council of Ministers adopted at its Nairobi meeting in June 2014, a Joint Cooperation Framework for Private Sector Development (PSD) support in ACP countries  articulated around four pillars:

Improving the business environment and developing regional value chains
Strengthening access to finance for enterprise, in particular MSMEs
Increasing financial inclusion
Promote ACP-EU knowledge management

Moreover, the ACP-EU Council of Ministers envisaged the creation of a joint ACP-EU Platform for dialogue on supporting the private sector and strengthening the ACP Secretariat (PSD Platform).

It is recommended in the Declaration of the Joint ACP-EU Council of Ministers in Nairobi (June 2014) that “a Light Structure, capable of responding adequately to the needs of the ACP private sector, be set up” (…).

The Light Structure, to be referred to as “Business ACP” is carried out within the framework of the ACP-EU Joint Platform for Private Sector Support. It is dedicated to enable greater coordination and coherence in the implementation of the ACP Strategy for Private Sector Development (PSD), as well as the ACP-EU Joint ACP-EU Private Sector Development Cooperation Framework (PSD) of the “All ACP/ Intra ACP” component of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (2014-2020).

Key figures

  • 16 in the Caribbean
  • 48 in Africa
  • 15 in the Pacific
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Million Euros: Resources allocated to support Private sector development in ACP countries, under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Download PDF

  • Ownership & Partnership: associate ACP partners and implementation by organizations;
  • Coordination & Synergy: pooling of national, regional and intra-ACP efforts; better ACP monitoring and evaluation;
  • Additionality, Complementarity, & Co-financing: between actions at Intra ACP level and those at regional and national levels
  • Support for ACP regional integration processes
  • Vulnerable Regions/States: priority
  • Creation of sustainable jobs: priority to youth and women employment in sectors with high labor potential;
  • Development of skills linked to new sectors/economy

February 2020: Expiry date of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement signed in 2000 for a period of 20 years. This legal framework rules relations between the EU and the 79 ACP countries. Download PDF

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Our missions

Launch in February 2018, this technical assistance facility carries out the following activities guided by the Secretariat of the ACP Group.

Provide technical and administrative support to the ACP-EU Private Sector Development Platform
Promote management and sharing of knowledge related to Private Sector Development
Support the ACP Secretariat in the programming and evaluation of projects

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