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ACP renamed as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

By Pita Ligaiula in Nairobi, Kenya

The 9th Summit of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Head of States and Government Tuesday approved the renaming of the group to be now called the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)

Outgoing ACP Secretary General Patrick Gomes told the media after the two day Summit ended in Nairobi.

“We could best be seen and eventually evolve and grow into something like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“The dream if there was ever a dream is that the OACPS will be the counterfoil, the voice of the global South of developing countries, in the analytical work and in the policy making.

Gomes said the change in status means that the OACPS is now a recognised international organisation.

“We are an organisation because we have not only a permanent secretariat but we have a formal constitutive act that is the Georgetown Agreement.

“So from being just a group of states, we are an international organisation recognised. We already have observer status in the United Nations but we are not present on an on-going basis. So our observer status now as an international organisation, will be important for us to utilise that terminology.

“We are showing that this organisation is linking members from three continents: Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. So it is a more formalised way and we have elaborated, therefore, not only changing the names but also the objectives, the preamble, the structures,” he told the media.


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