Towards an Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States – IDN-InDepthNews

By Reinhard Jacobsen

BRUSSELS (ACP-IDN) – As negotiators inch towards updating the most comprehensive but 20-year old partnership agreement between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, they have a broad array of issues on their plate.

These include the name change to the ‘Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP)’, ensuring the consistency of participation in parliamentary assemblies, establishment of the ACP Information Centre for South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and enhancing ACP’s financial stability.

The current Cotonou Partnership Agreement, signed in the capital city of Benin in June 2000 between the EU and the ACP involving relations with 79 countries, including 48 from Sub-Saharan Africa, covers one in five…

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