Windhoek to host 31st Joint Parliamentary Assembly

08 May 2016 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia will this year host the 31st Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) – European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in the capital.
The session is scheduled for 13 to 15 June.
The EU said in media statement issued Friday the occasion will provide them with an opportunity to start discussing the future of the ACP-EU partnership post Cotonou.
The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the EU and ACP countries aimed at the reduction and eventual eradication of poverty, while contributing to sustainable development and to the gradual integration of ACP countries into the world economy.
It was signed in June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin by 78 ACP countries, except Cuba, and 15 member states of the EU.
“The Cotonou partnership will expire in the year 2020 and it is therefore important to start engaging on this matter and to take on board key developments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” read the statement.
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight against inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change.
The JPA will further discuss topics such as: a continental free trade area for Africa; migration between ACP and EU member states; the impact of the drop in oil prices and other strategic commodities on the ACP economies; improving participatory governance through decentralisation and strengthening local governance; as well as the changing face of conflict and global security threats.
The EU further commended the Namibian Government on launching the Harambee Prosperity Plan and called on all Namibians to unite and work together towards a common purpose.
“The EU remains committed to support Namibia in its endeavours to tackle poverty and inequality as some of the main challenges facing the country.”