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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Leaders of ACP Countries to meet in Papua New Guinea for pivotal summit this month

Leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 30th May – 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government. The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena. Discussions will take into consideration recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism. The Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea has confirmed the advanced state of preparations towards hosting the Summit, which will be chaired by its Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Peter O’Neill, who takes over from the current President-in-Office, H.E Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. “This is a very important event, taking place at an important time in the history of the ACP Group. The future of the organisation, in terms of where it goes after the expiration of the Cotonou Agreement [the comprehensive agreement between the ACP Group and its main development partner, the European Union] in 2020 is a fundamental issue with flow-on consequences… It’s about legacy creation,” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of PNG, Hon. Rimbink Pato.

Source: acp.int