IAC members attend ACP-EU meeting


The Seychelles delegation who attended the AP-EU meeting: (l to r) Ms Samson, Ambassador Fock-Tave, Mr Pool and Ms Vel

The delegation was headed by the Deputy Speaker and chairman of the international affairs committee (IAC) Andre Pool and he was accompanied by member of the National Assembly for Pointe Larue Jennifer Vel.  Seychelles’ ambassador in Brussels Vivienne Fock-Tave and Beryl Samson, the minister’s councillor in the embassy there, also formed part of the Seychelles delegation at these meetings.

Some of the issues discussed include:
- The 11th European development fund (EDF) for 2014-2020;
- The debt situation in ACP countries;
- Food and nutrition security and agricultural policies;
- Human resources for health in ACP countries;
- Agricultural policies: Facing the challenges of food security and climate change;
- Youth at the center of the new ACP development policy:  The importance of new technologies, education and entrepreneurship;
- Economic partnership agreements – next steps;
- Promoting investment climate in developing countries; and
- The political situation in Madagascar.

The Joint Parliamentary Assembly was informed that 31.5 billion Euros have been earmarked under the 11th EDF. The next process is to determine the criteria for allocation after which the ACP countries will submit their requests for funding. Seychelles is expected to benefit significantly from this fund.
The meeting also endorsed the SADC roadmap to resolve the political situation in Madagascar, a process in which Seychelles has played and continues to play a leading role.