29 May 2006

EPAs at the centre of ACP meeting with European Community in Papua New Guinea

7:02 pm on 29 May 2006

Discussions on Economic Partnership Agreements will be the main focus at this week's African, Carribean and Pacific joint meeting with European Union representatives in Papua New Guinea.

Around 600 delegates have arrived in Port Moresby for the first time PNG has hosted the ACP-EU meeting.

The 5-day programme started today with the ACP Council of Ministers Meeting which continues until Wednesday before the ACP-EU joint meeting on June 1st and 2nd.

The Head of the EU office in PNG, Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia, says the the meeting will see a joint declaration on climate change and development, and discussion on the future of European aid to the region.

"There will be discussions on trade co-operation - which are followups to regular discussions on the subject - and the European Community will take note of African Caribbean Pacific Ministerial Declarations on certain specific products"

The EU's Aldo Dell'Ariccia.