On Wednesday, May 7, Mr. Abdou Diouf, secretary general of la Francophonie, met with Sir John Kaputin, secretary general of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Paris.
The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) press release indicates that during this meeting, the parties discussed negotiations surrounding Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and actions the ACP secretariat has recommended to revive the process. According to the release, Mr. Diouf and Mr. Kaputin also discussed the results of the project entitled “Strengthening Trade Policy Formulation, Negotiation, and Implementation Skills” that was carried out by the OIF in partnership with the Commonwealth and financed by the European Union Commission. “The secretary general of la Francophonie, for his part, stated he was prepared to collaborate with the ACP secretariat in helping members to better defend their interests during negotiations and to make the APE a tool that strengthens and develops its member states.”
The press release also states that Mr. Diouf and Mr. Kaputin “both expressed their satisfaction with UNESCO’s adoption of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.”
To learn more about this meeting, please consult the OIF press release.