6 Jun 2011

Vanuatu to host its biggest ever international meeting

11:11 am on 6 June 2011

Preparations are moving in earnest in Vanuatu as the country's bid to host the 37th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the European Commission next year, has been accepted by the joint ministerial meeting in Brussels.

A high level delegation led by the deputy Prime Minister, Ham Lini was in Brussels to confirm Vanuatu's readiness to host the joint ministerial meeting in May next year.

Addressing the joint ACP/EU meeting in Brussels Ham Lini said the meeting in Port Vila next year would discuss major issues that will define the future relationship between the ACP group and the European Commission, especially with the Cotonou agreement coming to an end in 2020.

A technical advance team from the ACP and EU will travel to Port Vila later this year to meet with the national taskforce that has been tasked to prepare for the Joint Session.

The Government has granted major concessions to hotels and motels to refurbish and reconstruct additional rooms to accommodate international delegates.