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Monday, 08 May 2017

ACP Council meets amidst financial concerns

The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of ministers began a meeting here yesterday with a call on the 79-member grouping to meet their financial obligations so as to allow their group to better survive a changing global environment.The Guyanese ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick I Gomes, addressing the 105th Council Session, said that a prerequisite to the continued well-being of the ACP Group in general, and the Secretariat in particular is to better serve all our stakeholders. “I would therefore like to appeal to member states to continue your efforts towards the timely payment of statutory obligations in order to improve our self-reliance and the smooth functioning of the secretariat. “This is all the more important as the Committee of Ambassadors and the secretariat intensify outreach activities in the second half of the year, subject to the guidance of council, in preparation for the negotiations on a post-2020 ACP-EU Agreement,” he said. Gomes told the council that voluntary contributions outside of statutory obligations would also be very welcome as the ACP Group work towards an endowment and trust fund. “Beyond all those necessary elements of finance, strategic planning and improved working relations, today more than ever, has to be steadfast commitment of our political leadership. By your presence and the great effort you have made to attend this important session of council, your resolve to make of the ACP a great institution is truly admirable,” he added. Gomes recalled that at the last ACP Council meeting last November, important decisions were taken pertaining to the future of the group on the one hand and the future of ACP-European Union relations on the other. Sponsored Links AkzoNobel and DXC Partnership Reaches Seven…BVEX His Neighbors Were Outraged at First. Now The…Fitavation.com He said the secretariat, in collaboration with the Committee of Ambassadors, is seeking to implement these decisions, while “at the same time, conscious of evolving global dynamics, the secretariat has been engaged in the review of its programmes and systems to enhance the capacity of our member states to be more resilient and innovative”.

Source: Jamaica Observer