Vice President Boakai Departs For Ghana

Thursday, 2nd October 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President Joseph N. Boakai left the country Wednesday evening for Ghana to represent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the 6th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group heads of state and government Summit which opens in the Ghanaian capital Accra Thursday.

The two-day summit brings together leaders of the ACP Group, special guests from non ACP groups and development partners.

This yearís summit is expected to shed light on progress made since the declaration of the 5th Summit held in Sudan in 2007, the challenges and prospects of EU-ACP relations and reaffirmation of commitment toward various declarations.

The conference will also shed light on the Monetary Conference on Financial Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Barbados Plan of Action on Sustainable Development for small island developing countries, among others.

The meeting will also place emphasis on the objectives and commitment of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the use of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) as sustainable development tools within the framework of the ACP-EU partnership, among others.

The ACP-EU heads of state summit which ends Friday, October 3, was preceded by a two-day meeting of the council of ministers of the ACP Group.

Following the meeting, Vice President Boakai is expected to hold series of meetings with Ghanaian government officials and businessmen.

He is expected to return home on Wednesday, October 8.