(SIG/GCU Release): The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele (MP) is currently attending a Solomon Islands delegation to the 109th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Council of Ministers and the 44th Session of the ACP-European Union (EU) Joint Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, from 20-24 May 2019.
The ACP-EU ministerial meetings accord the opportunity for Ministers of the ACP Group of States to discuss relevant issues covering development cooperation, political dialogue and trade, and engagement with the European Union.
The meeting also allows Member States to receive a progress update on negotiations of a post Cotonou arrangement framework for cooperation with the EU and work done to the Georgetown Agreement.
Minister Manele is scheduled to chair several meetings including the ACP Ministerial Committee on Development Finance Cooperation as Solomon Islands currently holds the Vice Chairmanship role in the Ministerial Committee.
He is also due to hold bilateral meetings with the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Deputy Secretary General of the Directorate General TRADE, and will use the opportunity to highlight some of the Government’s priorities in strengthening Solomon Islands cooperation and engagement with the EU both bilaterally and through the ACP Group of States.
The ACP Group of States is an organization made up of 79 member states in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region engaged with the European Union under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement. This relationship covers political cooperation, political dialogue and trade; and development finance. The Cotonou Agreement expires in 2020.