SOLOMONS MINISTER TO ATTEND ACP IN BOTSWANA

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 30) - The Minister of National Reform and Planning, Nollen Leni, is on his way to represent Solomon Islands at a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Council of Ministers (ACP) in Botswana.

The minister and two other officials left early this morning to attend the meeting which starts Monday in Gaborone, capital of the South African country of Botswana.

Mr Leni, who represents the Pacific Region on the six-member Bureau of the ACP Council of Ministers, will convene a meeting of Pacific Ministers prior to the main meeting to look at some of the issues the region would have to adopt common positions on.

One of these is the Negotiations of Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union, which the region expects to launch in September this year.

Another issue is on how to improve the development finance cooperation between the ACP countries and the EU.

Mr Leni is accompanied to the meeting by Solomon Islands Ambassador to the EU Robert Sisilo, Deputy Secretary for National Reform and Planning Jane Waetara, and Barbara Miller, Office Manger of the Project Management Unit in the Department of National Reform and Planning.

April 30, 2004

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