Members of Africa-Caribbean-Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) are converging in Nairobi for the 15th East African Regional Joint Parliamentary meeting, which kicked off on Wednesday.
The three-days Joint Parliamentary meeting is set to deliberate on regional and inter-regional cooperation, food security, migration, trade, wildlife, energy and infrastructure needs in the region.
Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS), Monica Juma, while officiating the official opening of the meeting, commended ACP-EU for support of AMISOM troops, who are engaged in the fight against militants in Somalia.
The CS appealed to the ACP-UE to continue supporting the country, until the security threat posed by the militant is done away with.
We need peace and security for social economic development, said the Foreign Affairs CS.
She observed that African countries are facing scores of problems that deter development in the area, such as, recurrent drought resulting to food shortage.
Other challenges are conflict resulting to high number of refugees, human trafficking as well as wildlife products and drugs, environmental pollution, effects of climatic change, among others.
She observed that it was the responsibility of the parliamentarians to ensure ACP-EU serves its member countries effectively.
Your three-days negotiations should be built on attaining the 2023 EU-ACP Regional Development sustainable goals for African countries, Monica advised the parliamentarian.
Other dignitaries attending the three-day meeting set to end on Friday, are Joseph Owona Kono, Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Michele Bivasi, the acting Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Moses Cheboi, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya is leading the Kenyan delegation.
Source: Kenya News Agency