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ACP summit in Kenya calls for more robust multilateral system of trade

The ninth summit of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) heads of state and government opened in Nairobi on Monday, December 9. It began with a call for the establishment of a robust multilateral system to promote fair trade and hasten inclusive growth in the global south. Kenyan President said in his opening remarks that a world order should be strengthened to boost action on pressing challenges.

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Promoting fair trade, strengthening the inclusive dimension of economic growth, better-guaranteeing peace and stability in the global south. The summit focused heavily on the topic of multilateral cooperation to boost prosperity in the region.

In the Kenyan capital, the focus has been on maintaining and even strengthening multilateralism at a time when, this political, diplomatic and economic approach and practice of international relations is weakening.

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The main theme was “An ACP group transformed and committed to multilateralism.” 17 Heads of State and representatives of 70 of the 79 Member States of the ACP Group took part in the opening of the Summit. The first Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government was held on November 6 and 7, in 1997 in Libreville. In Gabon, the leaders of the ACP group pledged to meet regularly. Since then, they have met on average every three years.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the conference

In his opening address, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the current world order, which is based on the rule of law as its dominant element, must be strengthened. In his view, this is one of the prerequisites for being able to meet the major challenges facing Africa, such as poverty, conflict, violent extremism, and climate change.

Promotion of the law as a guarantee of equity, peace and good governance

The General Secretary of the ACP Group, Patrick Gomes, from Guyana, said that the Nairobi Summit was an opportunity for developing countries to reaffirm their loyalty to a global system based on the rule of law, capable of promoting equitable growth, good governance, peace, and cohesion.

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“We need to commit ourselves to multilateralism despite the crisis it is going through to ensure that democracy, peace, and prosperity prevail in our respective countries,” added Patrick Gomes.

Continuing his intervention, he said that the ACP countries would negotiate agreements to improve market access for their products in order to eliminate extreme poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

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