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PM Supports ACP Call To EU

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has supported the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations’ call to the European Union (EU). That is to ensure that the ACP sugar suppliers are treated
25 Jun 2018 11:51
PM Supports ACP Call To EU
Prime Minister and COP23 president, Voreqe Bainimarama at the the 9th Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has supported the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations’ call to the European Union (EU). That is to ensure that the ACP sugar suppliers are treated fairly and to urgently look at ways of addressing the current situation.

He said they were already witnessing many ACP suppliers under the economic partnership agreement that were unable to export sugar to the EU market.

“It is clear that the current situation is far from sustainable and it requires urgent intervention to address,” PM Bainimarama  said at the special meeting for the ACP Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels.

He said the adoption of the ACP negotiation mandate for the success agreement to the Cotonou partnership agreement was an important first step for them.

And that it lived up to the vision they had for their organisations to be the leading transcontinental organisation working to improve the living standards of their  people.

“We do that through solidarity, through the south-south co-operation that has been most important in harnessing and sharing the innovations that we ourselves produce and through the north-south co-operation, which gives us excess to new ideas, new resources and new technologies,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We have been successful in dealing with the EU because we had collaborated; we had consulted and coordinated our efforts.

“We’ve made great progress because we’ve remained true to our principles of unity and solidarity.”

These principles he said were the group’s very foundation to which they must hold fast if they were to secure their best possible future in a changing world.

He said they must now prepare well to negotiate a legal aid binding and pro-development success agreement with the EU.

That agreement he said must accelerate the political economic and social advancement of their people through good governance, poverty eradication, trade, sustainable development and equitable integration into the world economy.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji was pleased to be able to contribute towards the ACP group’s agenda on climate change that sought to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change in the ACP member states.

Edited by Percy Kean

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