ACP Leaders Start To Arrive In PNG For Port Moresby Meeting

Economic development, climate change, pandemic diseases on the agenda

BY Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 27, 2016) – Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe jets into Port Moresby this weekend to join 78 other African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) leaders for the two-day 8th ACP Heads of State meet in Port Moresby.

The “Honourable Funkmaster,” as he is known back in his country, will be the only president attending this meeting  which also includes, four vice presidents, 13 Prime Ministers, one Deputy Prime Minister, one Speaker of Parliament, 14 ministers and 16 Ambassadors from more than 50 registered ACP countries who already have all their technical teams on the ground.

Mugabe’s advance parties, including six other African nations, are already in Port Moresby doing preparatory work for the arrival of their delegations.

Yesterday, Namibia Deputy Prime Minister, who is also Minister for International Relations and Co-operation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah arrived  in Port Moresby via Singapore with a handful of her entourage.

Today, Prime Minister of Central African Republic Matheu Simplice Sarandji arrived in the country at 5am  and many more are expected tomorrow, Sunday and Monday.

There are 79 ACP countries that are members, and so far about more than 50 leaders have registered to attend.

There are 51 African nations, 13 Caribbean and 15 Pacific Island nations that are part of this 8th ACP Heads of State meet.

Papua New Guinea offered to host this Leaders’ Summit for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States which was announced at the Pacific Island Forum last year.

The leaders will discuss several challenging issues facing ACP countries around the world including matters relating to economic development, and collective perspectives on dealing with climate change and pandemic disease.

The meeting officially kicks off on Monday morning and will end on WednesdayJune 1, the meet will concurrently run with the Parliament Sitting which starts on Tuesday at 2pm.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will officially open the meeting which will be held at the Waigani Convention Centre in Port Moresby.

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