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Friday, 04 January 2013

ACP leaders send out strong message to partners

On 14 December, at the end of the 2-day summit for Heads of States and Government in Equatorial Guinea, the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States committed to intensified South-South cooperation and called for more development-friendly relations with European partners.
The outcome document of the summit highlighted members’ determination to “stay united as a Group” and retain relevance by “enhancing the ACP-EU relationship as a unique North-South development cooperation model, while developing South-South and other partnerships.”
On trade, ACP leaders emphasized “development-friendly” Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between ACP countries and the EU, insisting on coherence between European development and trade policies. Taking a stand against proposed amendments to Market Access Regulation 1528/2007 as well as the Generalised System Preferences (GSP), leaders appealed for a “joint ACP-EU high level political engagement” to be convened to resolve pending issues.
ACP Heads of State noted the need to shape a more dynamic and innovative ACP Group to engage with the EU in the third five-year review of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement in 2015. They welcomed plans to set up an Eminent Persons’ Group to revive the vision, mission and response of the ACP Group to global challenges.
The 79-member intergovernmental body represents a population of 930 million people. As the new republic of South Sudan joins the organisation, membership will expand to 80 nations.


Source: ACP