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Thursday, 11 August 2011

ACP, voice of the world’s poor, shunned in global governance

Although the ACP Group of States with its 79 members represents a large part of the world’s poor, the group is under-represented in global institutions, says Dr Mirjam van Reisen, professor at Tilburg University. While the future of the ACP Group after 2020 is all but certain, individual ACP countries are increasingly cooperating with China, India and Brazil to gain independence from their traditional partners. China, which has the biggest number of joint ventures with African countries, does not impose democracy and human rights in the same way as the European Union, favouring a policy of “no charity, no conditions”.

Van Reisen suggests that the ACP Group could “further expand its influence at the international level by demanding a political voice in the G-20”, where the BRICs have secured a privileged position. So far, the ACP Group can only voice its opinions through South Africa, both a member of the ACP Group and the G-20.

Source: CTA/