The International Affairs Committee of the National Assembly met on Thursday 23rd January 2020 to discuss a number of issues of national importance. Amongst these were:
- The renewal of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
The IAC has noted with concern that the current agreement has lapsed before a new one could be signed and ratified. Despite having been kept away from the negotiating table, the IAC has resolved to renew its support to the two negotiating parties in order to have a signed and ratified agreement without further delay. The IAC however, rejects the position recently announced by the Minister responsible for Fisheries, Mr. Charles Bastienne, that the new agreement will come into force as soon as it is signed, even if the National Assembly would not have ratified it yet. The IAC wishes to state in the strongest terms that this action, if indeed taken, would be illegal and would be undermining our Constitution and the rights and privileges of the National Assembly. The IAC further requires that the draft of the new Fisheries Partnership Agreement be circulated to the Committee so as not to waste any more time.
- The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards
The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, commonly known as the New York Convention, was presented by the executive to the National Assembly on 10th of December 2019. It was discussed and debated extensively and approved unanimously.
The IAC finds it regrettable that until now the accession instruments have not yet been presented to the United Nations to formalize the process. This is having a negative impact on potential inwards foreign direct investment into our country. It was therefore resolved that a letter regarding this matter be sent to the President to seek his authority to get the matter resolved at the soonest.