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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

African leaders stress importance of major ACP summit

Three presidential visits to the Secretariat for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) in Brussels during the week of 15 - 19 October 2012 highlighted the commitment of ACP member states to reviewing the outlook of the Group, and its role in promoting development amongst its members. The theme The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities is set to guide talks at the upcoming 7th Summit for ACP Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 13-14 December in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The President of Benin and President-In-Office of the African Union, H.E Yayi Boni told the ACP Committee of Ambassadors that the Group was at a “crossroads”. He added that in a world marked by globalisation, the world financial crisis, changing aid modalities and the appearance of new emerging actors, ACP states need to reposition themselves to better face new social and economic risks such as food security, peace and stability, and climate change.  The President of Senegal H.E Macky Sall told ACP Ambassadors that economic and social development was a central concern. Gabonese Head of State H.E Ali Bongo Ondimba called for solidarity amongst ACP members.
The three Chiefs of State were in Brussels last week to attend the European Development Days events. Each paid a special visit to the ACP House to update ACP representatives on developments in their countries. The leaders all underlined the importance of concluding Economic Partnership Agreements with Europe that were fair and development-friendly.
The 7th Summit in Malabo, Equatoriale Guinea (13-14 December 2012) will be preceded by the ACP Council of Ministers meeting and a meeting for ACP Ministers of Foreign Affairs (10-12 December). The last ACP Summit for Heads of State and Government was held in Accra, Ghana in 2008.

Source: ACP Press