Nigeria to partake in African, Caribbean summit

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the 8th Summit of Heads of States of African, Caribbean and Pacific APC Group of States holding in Papua New Guinea from May 30-June 1.

Professor Osinbajo will join leaders from 78 other countries to address the summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea which will discuss the future of the ACP Group.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant-Media to the Vice President says discussions at the summit will also review recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.

One of the main objectives of the ACP group is the sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order.

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the ‘ACP-EC Partnership Agreement’ which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific, in the ACP.

Vice President Osinbajo is expected back on Thursday.

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo is also expected to participate at the summit.