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ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY
16/03/12
ACP-EU JOINT PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

The Member of Parliament for South East North, Honourable Olebile M. Gaborone, is scheduled to leave for Brussels, Belgium, on 17th March 2012, to attend the Inter-Sessional Meetings of the African, Caribbean and Pacific - European Union (ACP-EU) and the 27th Session of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly which will be held from 19th – 22nd March, 2012. The ACP-EU is composed of the following Standing Committees:

1.     Standing Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment
2.     Standing Committee on Economic Development, Finance and
        Trade
3.     Standing Committee on Political Affairs

Botswana is currently a member of the ACP-EU Standing Committee on Social Affairs and Environment.

The meeting is expected to discuss the following issues among others:

1. Consider the draft report on ‘The social and environmental impact of mining in ACP countries’ an issue under the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment.

2. Consider the draft report on ‘Price volatility, the functioning of global markets for agricultural products and their impact on food security in ACP countries’ an issue under the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade.

3.  Consider the draft report on ‘The Political Impact of the Libyan conflict on neighbouring ACP and EU States’ an issue under the Committee on Political Affairs.

4. Exchange of views on ‘The importance of access to energy for sustainable economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals’ an issue under the Committee on Social Affairs and the Environment.

5. Exchange of views on ‘ICT-based entrepreneurship and its impact on development in the ACP countries’ an issue under the Committee on Economic Development, Finance and Trade.

6.       Exchange of views with experts on ‘Healthcare for Somali women’, and

7.         Exchange of views with experts on ‘Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative’.

The Honourable Member is expected back home on 24th March 2012.   

 

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