The President of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-PA), who doubles as the National Assembly Member for Tumana, has stressed before the African, Caribbean and Pacific -Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-PA), that only international cooperation can put an end to terrorism in the world.
This was contained in a report of The Gambia’s delegation to the 42nd Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and the 31st Session of the ACP-EU joint Parliamentary Assembly held in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia in June 2016.
The report was laid on Tuesday before the Deputies by the Member for Banjul North, Hon. Alhagie Sillah, who led the Gambian delegation to the two sessions in Namibia.
According to Hon. Sillah, the member for Tumana, Netty Baldeh, expressed his delight before the ACP-PA parliamentarians for strengthening of the cooperation.
On the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs), he said, Hon. Baldeh called for the economic partnership agreements between ACP and EU countries that emphasise the development dimension.
He informed deputies that Hon. Baldeh noted that before the EPAs, that several regional integration initiatives were agreed among ACP countries, broadly addressing regional development progress towards customs union, adding that EPAs should support and strengthen this regional integration in ACP regions.
On the same day, the member for Banjul North also presented to the deputies, the report of The Gambia’s delegation to the 41st Session of the ACP Parliamentary Assembly and Inter-Sessional Meetings held in Brussels, Belgium in March 2016.
He said the African Caribbean Pacific-Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-PA) was established pursuant to Article 5 of the Georgetown Agreement (GA) in Bamako, Mali on April 2005.
According to him, ACP-PA composed of 79 members representing a national Parliament of each Member States of the ACP Group, saying the members of the ACP-PA are also the ACP members of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), unless like Cuba, who are signatory of the GA, but not of the Cotonou Agreement.
Deputies such as Hon. Njie Darboe of Jarra West, Hon. Kalipha Jammeh of Bakau and Hon. Abdoulie Kanagie Jawla of Sandu, all described the reports as something that needs urgent adoption by their colleagues.
Deputies after thorough debate on the two reports finally adopted them without any hesitation.
by Lamin B. Darboe