Ghana to host Sixth Summit of the Heads of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group


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Ghana to host Sixth Summit of the Heads of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group

Ghana will host the Sixth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP Group) in Accra from 30 September to 3 October. The Summit will be preceded by a meeting of the ACP Council of Ministers and Joint Meeting of ACP Council of Ministers and ACP Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Dr Charles Brempong-Yeboah, Ghana’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, said on Friday. The Summit has been held regularly since 1997 to enable heads of state and government of the ACP member countries to outline the main guidelines of the overall policy of the ACP Group and to give the Council of Ministers the necessary directives for their implementation. Dr Brempong-Yeboah said so far, 41 countries had confirmed their participation at the highest level, adding that some 1,500 delegates would attend the summit. High on the agenda is a meeting of ACP Ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs, a mid-term review of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, the accord that defines the relationship between the European Union and the ACP states. Other issues are global perspectives and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, rising food prices, energy and Economic Partnership Agreements.

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