ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSSEMBLY IN WINDHOEK TO FOCUS ON POVERTY, GROWTH

Discussion on poverty eradication, sustainable growth and the integration of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries into the world economy will be in focus during the 31st Session of the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly to be held here from June 13 to 15.

The annual ACP-EU JPA is expected to be attended by some 350 Parliamentarians from 28 EU countries and 79 ACP countries, the Speaker of the Namibian National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, told the media here Monday.

The assembly is a strategic partnership bringing EU and ACP members together for the common good on matters such as trade and conservation. The assembly will also focus on a sustainable part of the work of the JPA, directed towards promoting human rights, democracy and the common values of humanity.

Katjavivi said it the assembly would be a forum for the exchange of views, where Namibia was expected to showcase and highlight issues which particularly challenged development in the country.

EU Ambassador to Namibia Jana Hybaskova said the key strategic outcome for the assembly would be to debate topics such as water, solar energy, food security, development and education.

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will also provide lawmakers with an opportunity to start discussing the future of the ACP-EU partnership post-Cotonou. The Cotonou Agreement was signed in June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin, by 78 ACP countries, except Cuba, and 15 member states of the EU targeting objectives such as poverty eradication and sustainable growth

Source: Nam News Network