22 November 2012

Liberia, EU Inaugural Political Dialogue Takes Place Today

The Inaugural Edition of the Ministerial Meetings under the framework of the European Union (EU) and Liberia Political Dialogue will take place at 10 AM today, Thursday, November 22, 2012 at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill.

The Political Dialogue aims to encompass cooperation strategies, including the aid effectiveness agenda, as well as addressing the global and sectorial policies of both parties that might affect the achievement of the objectives of development cooperation. The Dialogue comes under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement which states that the EU and member states of the "African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries which include Liberia shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides".

Today's inaugural edition will focus on peace, security, and democracy in the region, climate change, sustainable energy and status of enactment into domestic law of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Conventions. Additionally, the Dialogue will also border on issues of regional integration, regional and global trade schemes including economic partnership agreements and agreements on new commitments involving the MRU, ECOWAS and AU.

The Dialogue was officially launched June 21, 2012 by Liberian President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and Dr. Nicholas Westcott, Managing Director for Africa in the European External Action Services. This will be led on the Liberian side by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan with the participation of several ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government to include the Ministries of Defense, Justice, Finance, Commerce and Industry, and Lands, Mines and Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ambassador Attilio Pacifici, head of the EU Delegation in Liberia, will lead the EU team of discussants that will include EU accredited ambassadors to Liberia. Subsequent discussions in continuation of the Political Dialogue will draw in on issues of good governance including constitutional review, transparency and anti-corruption, human rights, among others.

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