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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Eminent persons meet to discuss the future of ACP countries

Delegates, high legal officials of African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries (ACP), are beginning a series of meetings and conferences this autumn. The purpose of these upcoming meetings is to define the future outlooks of the ACP group and its relationship with the European Union (EU). As the current agreement between the ACP countries and the EU expires in 2020, the ACP has a chance to re-evaluate its relationship with the EU when the opportunity to forge a new agreement comes around. Vice Chair of the Eminent Persons group, former president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernandes hopes for the ACP countries to further integrate themselves into the world economy and focus on the development of their countries.
The EPG are working with European Union (EU) member-state representatives as well as representatives from the Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Group (ACP) led by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to specify the goals of the relationship among the groups. The EPG meetings are expected to submit a final report to ACP Heads of State and Government in December 2014.
The ACP is the largest association of developing states in the world, with the future membership of South Sudan making their membership 80 countries. ACP countries are part of a unique partnership with the EU, covering development finance and cooperation, trade and political dialogue. The framework agreement comes to an end in 2020, with the last review in 2015. The EU is the second largest donor to the Pacific and represents a significant source of development support as well as trade opportunities.

Source : ACP Secretariat