17 Jul 2003

Fiji to host ACP ministerial summit on the sugar industryi

10:12 am on 17 July 2003

Fiji will host the 8th African Caribbean and Pacific or ACP ministerial summit on sugar next week.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kaliopate Tavola says more than 120 participants will attend the three day summit which begins next Monday.

Mr Tavola says the ACP delegates will discuss ways to identify the challenges facing the ACP sugar industries and how best to protect their sugar protocol with the European Union.

He says Fiji will suggest that sugar is a non trade concern and that as developing countries with vulnerable economies, ACP states should be given special and differential treatment.

Under the sugar protocol, the European Union will for an indefinite period buy and import at guaranteed prices, specific quantities of sugar produced by African Caribbean and Pacific or ACP states.

Fiji has the second biggest quote in the protocol.

Mr Tavola says that the summit will also address the economic partnership agreement negotiations with the EU.