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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Pacific ACP States discuss post-Cotonou arrangements with EU

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat stands ready to support members, in both advisory and coordination capacities, as they prepare for negotiations of a successor to the Cotonou Agreement. “The Cotonou Partnership Agreement review process provides us a window of opportunity to reposition ourselves better to achieve a new EU-ACP framework that serves us better,” Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor said at the Pacific ACP Officials meeting this week. Pacific ACP countries have begun a coordinated approach to the post-Cotonou arrangement negotiations. The Cotonou Agreement, which was signed in 2000 between the ACP Group of States and the European Union ends in February 2020. In July, the Forum Secretariat was able to assist members in the ACP-EU Regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Vanuatu, where PACP parliamentarians shared their views for negotiations of the Post-Cotonou arrangements to be construed as a single legal undertaking with emphasis on the maintenance of the geographic and geo-political character of the ACP Group for the future of the ACP-EU partnership agreement. Strategic and united approaches as a region was a recurring theme during discussions this week, and recognition that deeper regional integration which will drive productivity and maximize efficiency of resource allocation and investment opportunities, needed to be nurtured by the region. “It is important that we take heed of the challenges and valuable lessons learnt from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for the programming of the regional priority areas under the 11th EDF Pacific Regional Indicative Programme. The imperative is placed squarely on our region to be strategic in negotiating future relations with the EU,” Dame Meg said.

Source: pasifik.news