In Belgium ministers from the nine members of the European Economic Community and from 53 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have been reviewing a trade and aid agreement.
GV INT Ministers seated
SV PAN Delegates from Germany, Luxembourg, European Investment Bank and Kenya.
SV PAN Delegation from Senegal
SV PAN FROM President EEC TO delegates from Denmark Germany and France.
GV African ministers from Gambia, Gabon, and Ethiopia
GV Ministers from Lesotho, Ireland and PAN TO OTHER African ministers.
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Background: In Belgium ministers from the nine members of the European Economic Community and from 53 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries have been reviewing a trade and aid agreement.
SYNOPSIS: The two day talks began on Monday (13 March) in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The meeting is held annually to review progress made under the four year Lome Convention. It is a preferential trade and aid agreement between the European Community and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, ACP.
At the meeting the Jamaican Foreign Minister, Mr. P.J. Patterson, outlined some of the Problems experienced by the ACP States. He said freer trade and reduced demand for ACP goods were disrupting life in countries which exported raw materials such as bananas, sugar, rum and beef.
He added that an EEC scheme to stabilise export earnings of developing countries was generally working well though problems were caused by administrative delays. Another part of the agreement relates to aid for ACP states. EEC officials announced that aid projects worth about 1.5 billion dollars are under way. The agreement runs until 1980 renewal talks are scheduled later this year.