Parliamentarians from across the 79 member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific, as well as Europe, convened in Bucharest, Romania to engage and participate in important debates for the 53rd Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly and the 37th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 13th-20th March 2019.
8 days of dynamic debates and committee meetings involving discussions on current issues and challenges of both continents and the current negotiations of the Post-Contonou Partnership Agreement took place in Bucharest.
The Honorable Members of the National Assembly, Hon. Clifford Andre and Hon. Waven William, assisted by the PR, Communications & Protocol Manager of the National Assembly/CPA-EU Desk Officer, Ms. Alexandria Faure attended the Sessions and have been engaged in various discussions covering the issues of climate change, environmental crimes, economic development and the future of the ACP-EU framework over a packed 8 day schedule of meetings. In attendance to the meetings was the Seychelles Ambassador based in Brussels, Ms. Beryl Samson and Ms. Myra Laporte Senior Counsellor from Brussels of whom accompanied the delegation.
As a member state of the ACP, the two members from the National Assembly of Seychelles got the opportunity to participate in unique discussions surrounding Environmental Crimes, the possibilities of Renewable Energies in Bringing Sustainable Economic Development to ACP Countries, and Particularly to Remote Areas, as well as participation in the Youth Conference and other important committee meetings.
The delegation from the National Assembly continue to play a central and critical role as an ACP Small Island State within the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and participate actively to enrich the debate with the concerns of the small island states.
ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, 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. Click here for more info: http://www.acp.int/content/secretariat-acp
ACP –EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly:
The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly was created out of a common desire to bring together the elected representatives of the European Community – the Members of the European Parliament – and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (“ACP countries”) that have signed the Cotonou Agreement: it is the only institution of its kind in the world. Click here for more info: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/…/20_01/default_en.htm