Press release

Seychelles signs Samoa Agreement alongside EU and OACP Member States

November 15, 2023

Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, has signed the Samoa Agreement, which is the Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) on the 15th November 2023 in Apia Samoa.

The Agreement, which succeeds the Cotonou Partnership Agreement signed in 2000, underscores pivotal areas for partnership encompassing human rights, democracy, governance, peace and security, human and social development, inclusive sustainable economic growth and development, environmental sustainability, climate change, migration, and mobility.

The signing was preceded by the Special Session of the Council of Ministers of OACPS and 46th Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers, convened in Apia, Samoa, on 14th November 2023. The sessions provided a platform for constructive dialogue and strategic discussions on a myriad of global challenges, including the implementation of the Samoa Agreement and the upcoming United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 28), to be held in Dubai from 30th November to 12th December 2023.

The signing ceremony symbolizes a new chapter in the collaborative efforts of OACPS member states and the EU, marking a step forward in their shared pursuit of sustainable development and prosperity.

Minister Radegonde was accompanied by the Seychelles Resident Ambassador in Brussels, Mr. Kenneth Racombo, and Ms. Rennie Mondon, Third Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Department.