Brussels, 21 July 2023 — Representing the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), Secretary General His Excellency Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti lauds the recent decision to sign and provisionally apply the European Union and Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Partnership Agreement. This groundbreaking arrangement establishes a fresh legal framework governing relations between the EU, its Member States, and the 79 countries comprising the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions for the next twenty years. The Samoa Agreement, as it is termed, will succeed the previous Cotonou Agreement.


The Secretary General highlights this significant step, seeing it as a monumental milestone that reinforces the longstanding partnership and fosters increased cooperation among member states.


The decision by the European Council bears witness to the mutual commitment and dedication exhibited by the OACPS and the EU in creating a comprehensive, mutually advantageous accord. This notable agreement exemplifies the shared effort put forth by all parties involved to address current challenges while seizing abundant opportunities for communal growth and development.


In aligning our priorities and catalyzing renewed collaboration, the Samoa Agreement will surely enhance investment and trade relations, promote sustainable development initiatives, and further the cause of peace, security, human rights and democracy within our regions. United in purpose, we pave the way towards a more inclusive, resilient, and prosperous future for all citizens within our purview.