Deputy Minister Landers to visit Senegal for the meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will represent South Africa in the forthcoming 103rd Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers scheduled to take place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.

The main objectives of the ACP are: sustainable development of its Member States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority, establishing a more equitable world order; consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.

The meeting is expected to deliberate on ideas relating to poverty eradication and sustainable development within the context of the on-going deliberations regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as on Climate Change and the Economic Partnership Agreements.

The current Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA), signed in 2000, and which is valid for a period of 20 years, unites more than half of the world’s nations. It 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.

South Africa assumed membership of the ACP Group in 1997 through its accession to the Fourth Lome Convention. The decision to join the ACP, as part of South Africa’s integration into the global system, is a manifestation of the country’s commitment to South-South solidarity and cooperation.