African, Caribbean, Pacific Young Professional Network

Great interview Yentyl!

CommonwealthYouthCouncil

CYC interview with Yentyl Williams, Founder ACP YPN

  1. Why did you decide to start ACP YPN?

I founded the African, Caribbean and Pacific Young Professionals Network (ACP YPN) in December 2014 to advocate for the utilisation of Article 26 on ‘youth issues’ of the joint and legally binding agreement between the European Union (EU) and the ACP group of states, called the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. Through my academic and professionals experiences working on EU-ACP trade, but most importantly, my own experience as a young professional, I became aware that there was a gap that formed between the technical cooperation at the EU and ACP levels, and youth. For example, having come to Brussels, as both British and Trinidadian/Tobagonian, I completed my first internship with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, working on EU trade with ACP countries, but I was disappointed to find out that there were no internships at the…

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