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Wednesday, 03 October 2012

Tanzania calls for “all hands on board” in charting ACP future

The new Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the European Union (EU), H.E Dr Diodorus Kamala made a plea for solidarity amongst the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States as the 79-member group weighs up options for the future on the way to reviewing its relations with the EU. Dr Kamala recently addressed the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels for the first time, along with the newly appointed Ambassador of Comoros H.E Said Mdahoma Ali. He affirmed his government’s support to the ACP Group as well as the importance of the ACP-EU framework over the years.
As the largest intergovernmental grouping of developing countries in the world – originally brought together as former colonies of Europe – the ACP has embarked on several exercises to re-evaluate its international role. This includes setting up the Ambassadorial Working Group on the Future Perspectives of the ACP Group and another to examine the fundamental make up of the institution, called the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Structure and Functioning of the Organs of ACP Group.
Dr Kalama also underlined the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with Europe, on-going since 2002, as a key issue in the future of ACP economies. While the European Parliament’s vote last month allowed two more years to smooth out divisive issues in the talks, Dr Kamala stressed the focus must remain on the development of ACP countries.
The Ambassador added that the upcoming Summit for ACP Heads of States and Government scheduled for December 13-14 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea would set the tone and direction for the ongoing EPA talks, as well as the cooperation of the ACP Group after 2020.

Source: ACP Secretariat