ACP-EU: New partnership agreement signed in Samoa

Economic governance
Saturday, 18 November 2023 12:56
ACP-EU: New partnership agreement signed in Samoa

(Togo First) - The Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACP) and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement last Thursday, Nov. 16. Inked in Apia, Samoa, the new deal defines the new global legal framework for relations between the two parties for the next 20 years. It substitutes the Cotonou agreements signed in 2000. 

Commenting on the milestone, Robert Dussey, Togo’s Minister of foreign affairs and Chief negotiator of the ACP countries said "After months of negotiations, the agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the European Union, known as the Samoa Agreement, which succeeds the Cotonou Agreement, has been signed."  "The process has been laborious and, at times, difficult, but what is essential and what matters in the end is that the agreement is reached. (...) Now, let's work for its ratification according to each of our legislations," Dussey added.


Recall that the OACP negotiating mandate was handed over to Togo at the end of May 2018. The new agreement covers 79 countries (47 African countries, 16 Caribbean countries, and 15 Pacific countries, as well as the Republic of Maldives) and the European Union. In all, their population totals 1.5 billion people.

A paradigm shift

The agreement, which aims to strengthen the capacity of ACP and EU countries to address global challenges together, covers six priority areas in particular: democracy and human rights, sustainable economic growth and development, climate change, human and social development, peace and security, and migration and mobility.

In the context of these negotiations, Robert Dussey recalled Africa's repeated calls for a "paradigm shift" in Europe-Africa relations, amidst major geopolitical changes in Africa and worldwide. "Africa is going through a deep transformation in a world that is itself changing, and Europe must take this new situation into account in its new relationship with Africa," Dussey declared.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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