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Special Joint Pacific ACP trade and fisheries meeting

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Special Joint Pacific ACP trade and fisheries meeting

An urgently-called Special Joint Pacific Trade and Fisheries Meeting of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries has been held at the FFA Conference Centre, in Honiara, (from 9 to 11 December 2013). An estimated 60 delegates, mainly Trade and Fisheries Ministers and Officials from 14 Pacific member states of the ACP (PACP) countries attended the meeting. They were considering an update on the developments that took place at the Joint PACP-EU Senior Officials Meeting held in October 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. This was to prepare PACP Ministers for their meeting with the European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, on 12 December 2013.
Mr De Gucht visited Solomon Islands and was in Honiara the whole of last week. The meeting with the EU Trade Commissioner was to take stock of where the PACP and the EU are in their negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and chart the way forward to conclude a mutually agreeable comprehensive EPA. The last time PACP Trade Ministers met an EU Trade Commissioner was in 2007; six years ago.
This meeting was therefore the ideal opportunity for the region to have a very frank dialogue with the Commissioner with a view to finding a breakthrough on the remaining outstanding issues and conclude the EPA negotiations. Launched on 10 September 2004 at the Sheraton Hotel at Denarau in Nadi, Fiji the EPA negotiations has dragged on for 9 years and 3 months; far too long.

Source: Solomon Star News