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Monday, 14 December 2015

Jackson wants stronger ACP-EU relations

Co-President of the African Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU)-Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), Fitz Jackson, yesterday called for the strengthening of relations between the two parties as the ACP grouping celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Jackson, a Jamaican member of parliament, said that the 20-year Cotonou Agreement that was signed between the EU and the 78-member ACP grouping in 2000 will soon come to an end.“As we approach the expiry of the Cotonou Agreement, we need to see how we can enhance and strengthen, rather than diminish, the partnership,” he said, noting that the 40-year partnership between the EU and the ACP “should not only be measured in terms of statistics, but in the solidarity that it has helped to build among peoples of the South and those of the North”. Jackson said that events of the last few years indicate that the world needs more effective global governance than ever before, from dealing with effects of climate change, and man-made disasters like the financial crisis, saying ‘we need effective leadership and consensus on the essential issues affecting us all. “The ACP-EU partnership, which collectively represents about 1.2 billion people in the world, can play a very important role in addressing challenges of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”

Source: Jamaica Observer