Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States converge in Nairobi
Namibia joined other delegates at the 9th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) which kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, on 6 December.
The Summit which concludes on 10 December is running under the theme; “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism.”
The ACP is one of the largest groupings of countries of the South. It was created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975 (amended in 2003) and its 79 members comprise 48 Sub-Saharan States, as well as 15 Pacific and 16 Caribbean states.
The ACP’s relations with the European Union (EU) have been governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) which is due to expire in 2020. The Agreement is built on three pillars of (1) trade and economic cooperation, (2) development assistance (3) and political dialogue that focusses on issues such as human rights and democratic governance.
The ACP Group of States is currently undertaking negotiations with the EU on a new ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, which is envisaged to conclude in the first quarter of 2020.
It is expected that the 9th ACP Summit will note and endorse the progress thus far of the post-Cotonou negotiations for a new ACP-EU Partnership Agreement.
The Summit will also consider the adoption of the revised Georgetown Agreement. The Nairobi Declaration will be adopted by Heads of State and Government and will provide strategic political direction on ACP matters until the next Summit.