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Reformation tops ACP’s agenda for 8th Summit of Heads of States in Suriname

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An organization, the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States is expected to undergo reformation in November 2014.

An ACP press release says that a future orientation and structure of the ACP is expected to be one of several key issues on the agenda at the organization’s 8th Summit of Heads of States and Governments, currently scheduled for November 2014 in Suriname.

Cameroon's Minister for Economy /National Planning, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi

Cameroon’s Minister for Economy /National Planning, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi

The release stressed that officials have been contemplating on reforming the organization to serve its member countries more effectively and have more relevance in the international arena, vis-à-vis its aims for poverty eradication and the advancement of sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

At a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels last December, the Minister of Economy and National Planning of Cameroon Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi spoke to ACP Press about the issue, stressing the importance of actively devising solutions for the development challenges faced by ACP countries.  “Since the Georgetown Agreement [which founded the ACP Group in 1975], many things have been achieved in terms of the peoples’ emancipation from poverty and working for socio-economic progress… We’ve brought water, hospitals, energy – but now we have to go further,” he stated.  Youtube

He said given the plethora of new challenges facing the globe today, ACP member states need to intensify relations amongst themselves in order to truly boost intra-ACP exchange and collaboration.  

This will allow the Group to bring solutions to the table when addressing its main development partner – the European Union – rather than just problems, resulting in more equal-level discussions and mutually beneficial outcomes.

He added that this could “reinvent” the ACP Group, so that it is geared towards finding solutions to its own problems.  Concrete proposals from the public regarding reforms to the organization and outlooks on its future perspectives, are currently being received by the ACP Eminent Persons Group (EPG).  The EPG will present its final recommendations to the upcoming 8th ACP Summit in November.

The ACP is an organization created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975.  It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union.   

There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.

 

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