Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ACP-EU grouping restrict Gambia’s participation in bloc's 27th session

The Gambia River in its lower reaches flowing ...
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The European Union-African Caribbean and Pacific (EU-ACP)’s Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) has restricted The Gambia’s participation in the pro-development bloc for not paying its contributions.

Gambia’s membership rights and privileges are been restricted in the grouping of States due to arrears in its membership contributions, revealed Hon. Netty Baldeh, a National Assembly member for Tumana district who led a delegation to the 27th Session of EU-ACP JPA in Strasbourg, France from 12-19 March.

Speaking at the Assembly on April 9, he said the Gambian ambassador was denied the chance to speak because The Gambia was among countries that are in arrears with their statutory contributions.

He said: “Our Ambassador cannot have the floor at the Council or meetings of the ACP ambassadors and our parliamentary delegation shall henceforth not be able to have the floor or vote in plenaries or committees of the ACP-EU JPA.”

Hon Baldeh said the body shall not finance the cost of the Gambian delegation head’s participation to ACP-EU JPA and related meetings, and has appealed to the ministers of foreign affairs and that of finance and economic affairs “to do all [they can] in their powers to resolve these outstanding payments.”

The ACP-EU JPA meets twice a year as a Joint Session and is funded by annual statutory contributions from member states and grants from the EU.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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