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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Trade and investment key to ACP States

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi participated in the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Port Moresby, from 30 May to 1 June 2016 and hosted by the Government of Papua New Guinea). The ACP Summit has been held every 5 years since the creation of the group in 1975. The 8th session was attended by all 75 Member States of the ACP Group at the level of Heads or Deputy Heads of State or Government, Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ambassadors, international and regional organizations, and special guests. The Secretary-General took part in the Summit interactive dialogue with the Heads of State and Government on the summit theme of "Repositioning the ACP Group to respond to the challenges of sustainable development". He also intervened at side events on sustainable agriculture and food security organized jointly by the ACP Secretariat and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA); and a consultation on women's economic empowerment organized by the secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment and UN Women in Papua New Guinea. Dr. Kituyi stressed the role of the developmental state in fostering trade and investment growth that is inclusive, sustainable and equitable, including through empowering gender and youth.