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Monday, 27 February 2017

ACP SG wants continued strong relations with UK

The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), Dr. Patrick I Gomes says while the grouping is supportive of a strong Europe, it has no desire of neglecting its relationship with the United Kingdom following its decision to leave the EU. Speaking at the launch of the book “Brexit – Securing ACP Economic Interests,” in London last week, The Guyanese born diplomat noted that eight months have passed since the British voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. “A lot has since been written and debated on the impact and implications of the vote. This is yet another occasion to join the discourse on BREXIT and to acknowledge and appreciate the work done by the Ramphal Institute by this seminal study,” he said. Gomes said there was no doubt that the referendum result sent shock waves through many capitals and reverberated in global markets. “In ACP markets, investors were disturbed because many economies were already suffering from low commodity prices in the face of a sluggish global demand. There were fears that trade and investment would be woefully affected most by BREXIT.” Gomes said for the 79-member ACP Group, it is important for there to be a strong Europe “leading and playing an influential role at the global level, particularly now that one of the previous global leading nations has decided to focus efforts and attention to domestic issues. “A strong Europe that remains a major export market and source of investment for many countries in our Group. A strong Europe is what we want to engage with post 2020 when the Cotonou Agreement comes to an end. But this does not mean we will neglect our relations with the United Kingdom. It is too important a country to ignore,” Gomes said. In his address, Gomes said that publication provides pertinent insights and additional intellectual ammunition for ACP countries and their allies to continue their preparation to secure the trade and economic interests of the ACP Group of States.

Source: antiguaobserver.com