Pacific, EU MPs discuss trade in Samoa
Pacific politicians have gathered in Samoa to dialogue with members of the European Parliament at the 8th Regional Meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly this week. The three-day meeting runs between 18-20July<!--more-->
Fifteen Members of Parliament from the Pacific bloc of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and 15 counterparts from the European Union are discussing a range of issues, including regional integration and co-operation and the state of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU, as well as exchange views on climate change, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and democracy and human rights.
Samoan MP and Chair of the ACP Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs Mr Lenata’i Victor Faafoi Tamapua said the meeting will be a key platform for Pacific representatives to address EU lawmakers directly and openly on issues concerning the region.
The “fact-finding mission” to Fiji will take place after the regional meeting, led by the two Co-Presidents and accompanied by lawmakers from Grenada, Luxembourg, France and Samoa’s Lenata’i Victor Faafoi Tamapua.
Mr Tamapua said that the regional joint parliamentary meetings allow the Pacific ACP region to make its concerns more visible on the global front, and encourage international co-operation and solidarity with other developing countries through the 79-member ACP Group.