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Jamaica firmly believes that the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries should seek to build on its core strengths and refocus its effort at promoting intra-ACP political dialogue and cultural co-operation; and strengthening ACP-European Union (EU) development finance co-operation.
This was emphasized by Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Ronald Robinson, during his presentation in the 2008/09 State of the Nation Debate in the Senate on July 18.
He suggested that the States should also build its financial/budgetary viability through the consistent and timely payment of annual contributions; strengthen its relations with other international organizations and promote global partnerships; strengthen the dialogue and partnership with the EU in the framework of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement; and increase the overall visibility of the ACP as a Group.
The Senator said that Jamaica would continue to ensure, through its active participation in the various Committees of the Group, that the ACP Secretariat’s Strategic Management Plan, currently under discussion in Brussels, would contribute to realizing those suggestions. Furthermore, Senator Robinson noted, Jamaica is preparing to play a proactive role in the upcoming review of the Cotonou Agreement. “We hope that the process, while focusing on the non-trade areas of the Agreement, will serve to identify critical institutional and policy frameworks, which can be strengthened and better implemented in order to ensure the effectiveness of the longstanding ACP-EU partnership,” he added.

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