ACP negotiating mandate for the Post – Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the European Union unanimously adopted at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers 27 – 30 May 2018, Lomé, Togo
The ACP negotiating mandate for the Post – Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the European Union was unanimously adopted at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers which took place in Lomé, Togo, on 30th May. Central to the discussions in Lomé were the revision of the Georgetown Agreement and the adoption of an ACP negotiating mandate for the Post – Cotonou Partnership Agreement with the European Union. The Council meetings were crucial to opening new negotiations with the European Union (EU), in the quest for the attainment of sustainable development in all ACP countries.
Apart from the discussions on the future of the ACP Group and its relations with the European Union, the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers addressed strategic matters such as repositioning the ACP group as a more effective global player in order to respond better to the needs and aspirations of its ACP Member States. Ambassador Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Foreign Affairs, heading the Seychelles delegation, made a presentation to the special session on this subject. Ministers also addressed ways of leveraging the principles of complementarity and subsidiarity between the ACP Group and the Regional and Continental organisations, sustaining financing of the Group and lastly advancing the climate change agenda in a repositioned ACP Group.
Other key items on the agenda included commodities & trade issues, sustainable economic development, and development finance. In his interventions on these issues, Ambassador Faure wished for the inclusion of the fisheries sector to be featured under the Ministerial Consultation on Commodities given the importance of fisheries sector to Seychelles. He called on the member states to sign the instruments for the Joint Undertaking on the Customs Cooperation Agreement with the objective of increasing intra-ACP partnership and deepening integration. To note that only 13 countries, including Seychelles, out of the 79 have signed this agreement.
The 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers was to be immediately followed by the 43rd Session of the ACP – EU Council of Ministers.
Ambassador Beryl Samson, Seychelles Ambassador in Brussels, and Mr. Marco Larsen, Second Secretary from the Department of Foreign Affairs were also in attendance.