Summary: June 22, 2004: Poul Nielson represents Commission at the 4th ACP Summit (23-24/06, Mozambique) (Brussels)
Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, will represent the European Commission at the 4th Summit of Africa-Carribean-Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government which is being held in Maputo on the theme "Together, shaping our future". Commissioner Nielson will address the Summit on the subject of "prospects in a changing world - ACP-EU relations".
The visit to Maputo will also provide the opportunity to build on the European Union's close partnership with Mozambique and to celebrate 20 years of EU-Mozambique development cooperation. Mozambique is, and has been for many years, one of the main beneficiaries of EU aid. Since 1978 it has received assistance of more than €1.5 billion from the European Development Fund, the European Investment Bank and the EU Budget.
During his visit to Maputo, Commissioner Nielson will meet President Joaquim Chissano, the Prime Minister, Ms Luisa Diogo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Leonardo Simão, and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and National Authorizing Officer for the European Development Fund, Ms Frances Rodrigues. He will also have an exchange of views with local non-Governmental organisations.
The visit will also provide an occasion to discuss the challenges facing Mozambique and to exchange views on issues relating to regional security, integration and trade as well as on pan-African matters and EU-African Union relations. Mozambique currently holds the chair of the African Union.