Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. 7:15 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Wilfred Elrington led Belize’s delegation to the 43rd Session of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the European Union (EU) in Lomé, Togo.
The ACP-EU Joint Council of Ministers was preceded by the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers, held from May 28thto 29th, 2018, and a Special Session of ACP Council on May 27th, 2018, at which Ministers debated the future direction of the ACP and the evolution of its partnership with the EU.
The ACP group of 79 states has been the main interlocutor for Belize and Caribbean countries with the European Union through successive partnership agreements including the present Cotonou Agreement, which is set to expire in 2020.
It is through this Agreement that Belize receives EU development assistance, organizes trade relations and conducts political dialogue.
At the ACP Council, Ministers discussed ACP-EU relations post 2020.
Elrington also participated in the ACP Ministerial Committee on Sugar on May 28th, 2018.
Elrington shared with other ACP sugar-producing countries the impact on Belize of lower sugar prices in the EU market due to the EU sugar market reform.
From May 30 to June 1, 2018, Elrington participated in the 43rd Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers at which the ACP and the EU discussed issues of mutual priority including climate change, migration, and development financing.
The Joint Council also adopted a Joint Declaration on Climate Change.
Belize, as regional coordinator of CARIFORUM in Brussels for the current period, also represented the Caribbean region at the meetings of the ACP Bureau of Ministers in Lomé.
Elrington updated the Council on the Belize-Guatemala process and the latest developments in respect of the efforts of Belize and Guatemala to hold referenda in accordance with the Special Agreement.
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