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Fiji to host ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly

08:05 Sat Jun 06, 2015


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Akosita Talei

Fiji will for the first time host the 29th session of the African Caribbean and Pacific – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly this month.

This is a milestone achievement for the country, given that our parliament is barely six months old.

Speaking to FBC News, the EU’s Head of Delegation Andrew Jacobs says the Assembly will bring together some of the world’s most powerful parliamentarians from 78 countries in the ACP and EU region.

The event will focus on issues that are currently affecting these regions and talks will center on climate change, democratization, challenges of empowerment of women and others issues.

Jacobs adds the meeting also shows the confidence the region has in Fiji’s parliamentary democracy and the effective establishment and operation of Fiji’s parliament.

“It’s important that the institution of democracy are strong in the coming years and we look forward to continuing to work on that field but yes the fact ACP EU parliamentary assembly happening here in Fiji is certainly a credit of how Fiji’s parliament has developed over the past few months.”

The meeting will also include the first political dialogue between the EU and Fiji where issues of mutual interest, democracy, human rights and trade among other issues will be discussed.

The meeting will be held from June 15th to the 17th.



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