Economic trends, security issues to dominate debates at upcoming ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

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Brussels, 6 December 2017/ ACPEU JPA/ ACP: The 34th plenary session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly takes place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 18 to 20 December. It will be officially opened by its Co-Presidents, Hon. Louis Michel for the European Parliament and Hon.Ibrahim Rassin Bundu for the ACP states, in the presence of President of the Republic of Haiti H.E. Moïse Jovenel, and President of the Senate of Haiti H.E. Youri Latortue.
The plenary session will be preceded and prepared by meetings of the three standing committees - on Economic Development, Finance and Trade, Political Affairs and Social Affairs and the Environment - on Saturday 16 December. A Bureau meeting will take place on Sunday 17 December.
Main issues
MPs and MEPs will debate Sustainable tourism with Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), on the morning of 19 December.
The role of natural resources in promoting sustainable development and the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the Central African Republic  will also be discussed.
On 20 December, the Assembly will also debate and vote on three resolutions on:
  • Challenges in the field of the security-development nexus in ACP and EU policies (Co-Rapporteurs: Mohammed Goumaneh (Djibouti) and Enrique Guerrero Salom (ES));
  • Improving access to basic health systems, notably to medicines, in the fight against infectious diseases (Co-rapporteurs: Mfanawemakhosi Dlamini (Swaziland) and Ana Zaborska (PL)); and
  • The blue economy: opportunities and challenges for ACP States (Co-rapporteurs: Oumouri Mmadi Hassani (Comoros) and Thierry Cornillet (FR))
Two urgent topics will be debated and wrapped up by resolutions:
  • Enhancing resilience to climate change and natural disasters in ACP States 
  • the situation in Mauritania
MPs and MEPs will also hold debates with EU Commissioner Neven Mimica on Monday 18 December and representatives of the rotating presidencies of the ACP and EU Councils on Wednesday 20 December.
On the fringe of the plenary session, MPs and MEPs will meet at the Women’s Forum on the morning of Saturday 16 December. They will also meet young Haitians at a Youth Conference on the afternoon of Sunday 17 December.
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