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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi participated in the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Port Moresby, from 30 May to 1 June 2016 and hosted by the Government of Papua New Guinea). The ACP Summit has been held every 5 years since the creation of the group in 1975. The 8th session was attended by all 75 Member States of the ACP Group at the level of Heads or Deputy Heads of State or Government, Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ambassadors, international and regional organizations, and special guests.

While the preferential treatment extended to European Union (EU) goods would witness an increase in imports from that economic bloc, given its larger production and productivity base, it may strain the competitiveness of domestic industries. Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein feels the 'cumulation provisions' in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) nevertheless create interesting opportunities to develop regional value chains to support Namibia's industrialisation strategy and expand its export basket. Cumulation is a concept used in preferential trade agreements, which essentially widens the definition of originating products and helps manufactured goods meet the relevant rule of origin.

What kind of relations will Europe build with African, Caribbean and Pacific states? Will the governments of developing countries respect democracy more? On the occasion of the meeting in Windhoek in Namibia between parliamentary representatives from the ACP countries and the EU, we met a former European Commissioner for Development, MEP Louis Michel. Louis Michel, hello. We have collected a lot of questions for you. Let's start straight away. The first comes from an NGO. Mr Michel, we believe that one of the required conditions for ending the risky departures of Africans towards hypothetical paradises lies in the reform of global economic governance and the end of wars.

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly at its 31th session that closed on Wednesday, June 15, in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, agreed on several resolutions including urgent initiatives to improve the deplorable situation of migrants and refugees within the EU or immigrants en-route to Europe. The assembly also expressed he urgent need to see an end to rape and violence against women and children in armed conflicts.

There is a need to devise extensive strategies on how to deal with the adverse effects of climate change, former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said. Chissano made the remarks last Wednesday during the 31st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations and European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA). He said climate change continues to pose major threats to the development of countries globally, and have far-reaching consequences on weather patterns in some countries.