The African Union, the Caribbean and the Pacific (OACPS) have called on the European Union to remove travel bans for some OACPS countries, especially those that have proved to be safer against the Corona Disease such as Tanzania.
The call was made at a special consultation session between the OACPS and Germany, which is currently the President of the Council of the European Union.
The consultation held on 9 September 2020 at the OACPS Community Offices, Brussels in Belgium, was led by the Tanzanian Ambassador to Belgium and the Tanzanian Representative to the European Union who is also the Chairman of the OACPS Ambassadors in Brussels, Hon.Jestas Abuok Nyamanga and the German delegation led by the Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Federal Government, Dr. Gerd MÙLLER.
At the meeting, delegates stressed the need for the European Union to continue to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in managing the Corona vaccine trial and to continue building capacity to ensure that a proven vaccine reaches all nations equally. and at low cost.
The summit also discussed various measures that should add impetus to the European Union in helping OACPS countries cope with the economic impact of Corona disease, especially in the tourism and agricultural sectors.
Strategies discussed include those aimed at reducing, repealing or changing the terms of repayment of OACPS member states’ debt and calls on OACPS countries to urge the European Union to move forward with the implementation of some new trade rules and regulations. next year to give OACPS countries a chance to be more organized before they start implementing those principles.
Through these consultations, both parties assessed the progress of negotiations for a new Economic Partnership Agreement between OACPS and the European Union that is currently underway after the current agreement expires in December 2020.
The two sides discussed in detail how to work together in areas aimed at increasing the value chain of agricultural products, equitable trade and technology development in economic growth and human development.
The session concluded with Germany expressing its readiness to prioritize all issues discussed during its tenure of the Council of the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation in this period which holds the position of President of the Cabinet of 79 member states The African Union, the Caribbean and the Pacific will continue to co-operate with the European Union and work closely with the German leadership in the Council of the European Union to push for a mutually beneficial agenda.