14 December 2012

Namibia: Geingob in Malabo for ACP Summit

Malabo — Namibia's Prime Minister Hage Geingob arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Wednesday to attend the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Geingob, who is representing President Hifikepunye Pohamba, is accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein, Namibia's ambassador to Brussels Hanno Rumpf and the deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Daniel Nghidinua, among other government officials.

The one-day summit was officially opened yesterday morning under the theme 'The Future of the ACP Group in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities'.

The summit is set to be a milestone for the 79-member bloc, which includes 40 Least-Developed Countries and 36 Small Island Developing States.

Envoys from key international bodies such as the European Commission, African Union, various United Nations agencies and partner governments were also in attendance.

The last ACP summit took place in 2008 in Accra, Ghana.

The summit was to discuss the future of the ACP Group, while it will also focus on trade issues, including the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union, as well as the nature of ACP-EU relations in general.

The agenda also covered peace, security and good governance in ACP states and regions, the future of development finance (including the European Development Fund) and post-Busan partnerships, improved intra-ACP cooperation, and diversified partnerships such with the BRICS countries.

BRICS is a grouping acronym that refers to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

A session on environment, climate change and food security, along with a high-level dialogue on energy and sustainable development, was also on the agenda.

The summit was preceded by ministerial meetings which took place from Monday to Wednesday this week.

The ACP Group was founded as an inter-governmental organisation in 1975.


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