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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Caribbean Heads urge stronger voice for ACP Group

The President of Suriname joined fellow Head of State from Guyana in welcoming parliamentary delegates from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group last weekend, calling for stronger economic cooperation amongst its 79 member states, less reliance on foreign aid, and a united voice on global development issues.
In his presentation at the opening ceremony of the 30th Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly on Saturday in Paramaribo, H.E Desiré Delano Bourtese urged members to embrace South-South cooperation in creating new economic models for sustainable development. He said leaders must “create order” in national economies first.
“The ACP has shown its strength and remains a considerable force that cannot be overlooked... I call upon you to put in all your efforts in deepening the relations that exist among us. It is in our interest to shift the balance in our favour by vigorously promoting cooperation among ourselves,” he told the packed hall.
President Ramotar urged parliamentary members to rally together on issues such as food security, unemployment, poverty reduction, and corruption. He called for the ACP voice to be heard more loudly on international issues, such as developments in the Middle East, democratisation of multinational institutions such as the IMF, and broadening relationships with emerging economies such as BRICs.
The ACP plenary session was held in preparation for the 24th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly to start Tuesday 27th November.


Source: ACP