Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:34 pm
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will leave Abuja on Sunday to attend the 8th Summit of Heads of States of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
The summit will in Papua New Guinea from May 30-June 1.
Prof. Osinbajo, who is representing President Muhammadu Buhari, will join leaders from 78 other countries to address the summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
The summit, among other things, will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a “revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena.”
A statement from the Secretariat of the organization added that discussions at the summit will also review recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.
One of the main objectives of the ACP group is the “sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order.”
“The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the ‘ACP-EC Partnership Agreement’ which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific,” in the ACP.
Vice President Osinbajo will return on Thursday.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also expected to participate at the summit as he will present a report on the future of the Group as the Leader of its Eminent Persons Group (EPG).