The Parliament Office(PO)
ACP-EU Meeting
13/09/13
ACP-EU Meeting

The Member of Parliament for South East South, Honourable Odirile Motlhale and the Member of Parliament for Kgatleng West, Honourable Gilbert S. Mangole are scheduled to attend the 33rd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and Inter-Sessional Meetings of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. They will depart from Gaborone to Brussels, Belgium on the 15th September, 2013. The ACP 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. The Social and environmental impacts of Pastoralism on ACP countries.

2. South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges for ACP States.

3. The post-MDGs agenda.

4. Mining for oil and minerals on the seabed in the context of sustainable development.

5. Economic and budgetary impact of the extractive industries on development.

6. Mid-term reviews of the 10th Economic Development Finance (EDF), Regional Strategy Papers and Indicative Programme for the period 2008-2013 and programme of the 11th EDF.

7. Respect for the Rule of Law and the Role of an Impartial and Independent Judiciary.

8. The political situation in ACP and EU Member States.

9. State of play of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) process (negotiation and implementation) and the way forward.


The Honourable Members are expected back home on 22nd September, 2013.

The Member of Parliament for South East South, Honourable Odirile Motlhale and the Member of Parliament for Kgatleng West, Honourable Gilbert S. Mangole are scheduled to attend the 33rd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and Inter-Sessional Meeting

   

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