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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Samoa: Pacific and EU MPs will exchange views on trade issues

Samoa will see the 8th Regional Meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which will gather Pacific politicians as well as some of the members of the European Parlament.
Fifteen Members of Parliament from the Pacific bloc of the African ACP Group  and 15 counterparts from the European Union will discuss a range of issues, including regional integration and cooperation and the state of EPAs with the EU, as well as exchange views on climate change, the Millennium Development Goals and democracy and human rights.
The sessions will be chaired by the Co-Presidents of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) Hon. Musikari Kombo of Kenya and Hon. Louis Michel of Belgium. ACP Secretary General Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas will also attend.
Samoan MP and Chair of the ACP Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs Mr Lenata’i Victor Faafoi Tamapua said the meeting will be a key platform for Pacific representatives to address EU lawmakers directly and openly on issues concerning the region.“The Joint Parliamentary Assembly has been a very important vehicle through which we have pushed Pacific concerns and agendas at the political level with the EU. For instance in the previous ACP-EU Assembly I attended in Denmark [May 27-30], the European ban on kava and Fijian political situation were discussed. As a result of consistent dialogue in such forums, a high level ACP-EU Parliamentary fact-finding mission will be visiting Fiji in the coming weeks to look into the progress made on the roadmap to the restoration of a democratic government,” said Mr Tamapua.

Source: ACP