ACP Declaration To Address Operational Issues For Secretariat

Looking beyond end of Cotonou Agreement in 2020 discussed

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 31, 2016) –  Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato says a Port Moresby Declaration will look at the operational issues of the African Caribbean Pacific group in terms of its political structure and operation of the secretariat.

Pato said a meeting of ministers yesterday was constructive and engaging. He said the council of ministers advised State leaders on development issues in terms of the political and organisation structures that will impact the ACP group. 

In 2020, the African Caribbean and the Pacific states partnership with European Union under the Cotonou Agreement will end.

“What happens after that is the subject of the preparatory discussions that we’ve had in this meeting,”he said.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Affairs ministers of ACP countries and those representing foreign ministers from those countries.

Pato said the other major document was the Waigani Communique on the future perspectives of the ACP Group come 2020 when the Cotonou Agreement expired.

“We had to look at it in general terms, the report of the Eminent Persons Group which was set up by the summit of leaders in Equatorial Guinea in 2012,” he said.

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