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Monday, 11 June 2012

Key meetings in Vanuatu

As we informed our readers last week, more than 300 officials from the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States will convene this week in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for  one of the most important meetings of the year between the two groups.
The 37th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers  will be held on the 14th and 15th of June, preceded by the 95th session of the ACP Council of Ministers held on the 11th to 13th at the Warwick Le Lagon Resort in Port Vila.
According to the ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas “it is well-known that one of the cornerstones of the ACP-EU Partnership is open and consistent dialogue between our developing countries in the South and our more affluent partners in the North. This constitutes a unique framework where relations should be driven by cooperation and mutual benefit rather than conflict or competition” .“There are a number of very key items we will be discussing over the week relating to trade cooperation, development financing, as well as political and sustainable development issues.”
Included on the agenda are ACP declarations on specific products such as cotton and sugar ,the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), preparations for the United Nations Rio+20 conference in Brazil, and a performance review of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) cycle, which finances development programmes in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries from 2008 to 2013.The Joint Council will also take a decision on the accession of South Sudan to the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, which would take ACP Group membership up to 80 countries.

Source: ACP