NAIROBI, KENYA – The President, Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected here (Nairobi, Kenya) today (Sunday) as he joins 79 other heads of states and government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States for a two days summit.
ACP is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. The group’s main goals centre around the sustainable development of its member states and their gradual integration into the global economy; coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreements; consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP states and establishing and consolidating peace and stability in a free and democratic society.
This year’s momentous Summit themed ‘A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism’ will kickstart in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi from December 9-10.
Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Presidency – John Dipowe said last week that the summit will lay the groundwork for finalising the Post-Cotonou agreement as well as the revision to its Constitutive Act, the 1975 Georgetown Agreement.
Amongst other things, Masisi and his ACP counterparts are also expected to strengthen the member state’s commitment to implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and enhance the Group’s visibility at the United Nations in tune with the fundamental principles of the Cotonou Agreement which include equality of partners, global participation (States and non-state actors), dialogue and regionalisation.
The ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on June 23, 2000, entered into force in April 2003, was concluded for a 20-year period from 2000 to 2020 but revised in 2005 and 2010 in accordance with the revision clause to re-examine the Agreement every five years. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the European Union.
Since 2000, it has been the framework for EU’s relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). In 2010, ACP-EU cooperation was adapted to new challenges such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness.
on October 2-3, 2008; Equatorial Guinea (Malabo) December 13-14, 2012; Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) June 31 May to June 1, 2016.