Malawi's ambassador to the European Economic Community, Timon Sam Mangwazu, prised the African, Caribbean and Pacific States for staying united during recent negotiations with the European Economic Community.
Malawi's ambassador to the European Economic Community, Timon Sam Mangwazu, prised the African, Caribbean and Pacific States for staying united during recent negotiations with the European Economic Community. Mr. Mangwazu was speaking at a two day meeting of the ACP which started on Thursday (9 December).
Mr. Mangwazu told delegates to the meeting that he believed it was the spirit of give and taken within the group that had kept it together during difficult times.
This week's Malawi meeting was arranged after the 46 developing countries that form the ACP group had signed the Lome Convention in February this year. Under the terms of the Convention the EEC had agreed to give aid to developing counties and to allow their products to enter Europe free of duty.
On the second day of the conference (10 December) ACP members agreed in principle to a budget of 460,000 pounds sterling from which to run the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium in 1976.)
Following the two day talks a Ministerial Council Conference of the ACP was held at Lilongwe, Malawi's new capital. It was addressed by Malawi's President Kamuzu Banda, who urged the group not to fall into the trap of making the group into a bureaucratic octopus that spent its member countries' funds unjustifiably.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from the forty-six developing countries that form the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Group, arrived in Blantyre, Malawi, on Tuesday to take part in a two day conference.
They were welcomed to Malawi by two of their hosts-the Malawi Minister of trade,Industry and Tourism, Mr. D. Matenje , and Malawi's Ambassador to the European Economic Community, Mr. Timon Sam Mangwazu.
In February this year the ACP group signed what is now known as the Lome Convention, under which the EEC greed to aid developing countries and allow their products to enter the Community duty free.
The conference was opened by Mr. Mangwazu who was standing in for Malawi's President Kamazu Banda who had been unable to attend the first session. In his address Mr. Mangwazu praised the member countries for sticking together during its earlier negotiations with the EEC.