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Joint Declaration Between the ECOWAS – Brazil

Joint Declaration Between the ECOWAS - Brazil

WE, HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF ECOWAS MEMBER STATES, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL MEETING IN SAL, CAPE VERDE ON 3RD JULY 2010 FOR THE ECOWAS-BRAZIL SPECIAL SUMMIT;

EXPRESSING our common will to promote and strengthen relations between Brazil and Africa in general and West Africa in particular;

RECALLING the ECOWAS Vision 2020 which aims at moving from an ECOWAS of States to an ECOWAS of people;

RECALLING also the Africa- South America (ASA) Summit held in Abuja, Nigeria in November 2006 and the Resolutions adopted which included the Abuja Declaration and a Plan of Action which spelt out the need to forge stronger cooperation between the two (2)  regions and collaborate on pressing international concerns;

WELCOMING the achievements made in the Brazil-ECOWAS relations over the last decades as expressed by closer political coordination attained, due to the intensification of exchange of visits of dignitaries and high level Authorities, by enhanced trade and investment flows, an increased number of cooperation projects as well as by the reciprocal expansion of the diplomatic missions of our respective countries;

CONSCIOUS that the international situation is complex and volatile and the world is still gripped by economic recession triggered by the global financial crisis;

CONCERNED with the negative impact of the International political and economic environment as it relates to food security, energy, climate change, global and regional security and disease control;

NOTING that the effect of financial crisis on developing countries is still spreading, making it more difficult for them to meet the UN Millenium Development Goals;

DESIROUS of expanding the mutual benefits and upgrading the level of ECOWAS Brazil cooperation and strengthening collaborative efforts in such priority areas as poverty relief, food security, environmental protection, infrastructure, renewable energy, with emphasis on biofuels and bioelectricity, human resources training and capacity building as well as information and  communication  technologies;

AFFIRMING of the need to cooperate in order to further deepen the ECOWAS Brazil strategy and partnership;

UNDERTAKE to reinvigorate and strengthen our cooperation as follows;

I.      ECOWAS-BRAZIL STRATEGIC POLITICAL DIALOGUE

WE AGREE  to establish an ECOWAS – Brazil strategic political dialogue, based on political equality and mutual trust, historical common heritage, traditional friendship relations and convergent ambitions in the face of challenges towards sustainable development and  capacity building, equitable and democratic international order;

WE AGREE on this occasion to discuss the ways and means to further  implement ECOWAS-Brazil relations under the new global conditions and to consider  the ECOWAS-Brazil strategic political dialogue as a fundamental mechanism  to set an example of   South-South cooperation;

WE URGE the reform of the international financial system with a view to making it more fair, just and inclusive and to enabling increased representation of the developing countries in its decision-making process;

WE REITERATE the call on the International Community, particularly Developed countries, to pay special attention to the negative impact of the crisis on developing countries and to fulfill  their commitments especially on aid, debt relief, promoting and increasing investment, opening up and accessing its markets, and assisting developing countries to promote economic growth in order to achieve sustainable development;

WE ALSO CALL ON all countries to act under the principles of multilateralism and democracy in international relations, respect and support each other, to make the international order more just and equitable and promote sustainable development of the World;

WE EXPRESS  our   common desire that, by forging stronger ties between Brazil and ECOWAS, we would improve our capabilities to cope with the development challenges, as well as to strengthen the political, social and economic institutions and the process of peace and stability-building, in particular, in post-conflict countries in West Africa;

WE REAFFIRM the need for strengthening the role of the United Nations through, inter alia, its reform and, as a matter of priority, increasing the representation of developing countries in the Security Council, through its expansion in the permanent and non permanent categories with a view to rendering it more effective, legitimate and representative of contemporary realities;

WE UPHOLD progressively open, fair and free environment for trade and investment;

WE CALL for a successful conclusion of the Doha Round of Trade Negotiations that attain the development goals foreseen in its mandate and reflect the interests and concerns of developing countries in its outcome, on the basis of the progress already achieved;

II. SECURITY ISSUES

WE AGREE to reinforce institutional building cooperation in the fields of governance in general and on conflict prevention and management as well as post conflict reconstruction in particular;

WE UNDERTAKE to promote cooperation on security issues with the view to preventing and combating the world drug problem, trafficking of persons, and other transnational organized crimes and, in particular, join our efforts towards the implementation of the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Drug trafficking organized crime and drug abuse;

WE SHARE the objective of a world free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction;

WE AGREE to work together to promote a full implementation of international commitments in the area of disarmament and arms control including small arms and light weapons. In this context, both Parties have undertaken to support the implementation of ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and light weapons, their ammunition and other related materials and of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspetcs (UN-PoA);

WE ALSO AGREE to cooperate with a view to making the South Atlantic  a real zone of peace and cooperation, including promoting the South Atlantic Peace Cooperation Zone  initiative (ZOPACAS) as well as by ensuring effective protection of the environment and sustainable use of  marine resources,;

III      PROMOTION OF BUSINESS

WE DECIDE to encourage and promote a two-way trade, investment, business and industrial development for our mutual benefit;

WE UNDERTAKE to create new investment opportunities through the establishment of partnership between West Africa and Brazil businesses particularly in the area of biofuels, industrial processing of agricultural products, and tourism;

IV.     INFRASTRUCTRE, TRANSPORT AND ENERGY

WE AGREE to work together to improve on the planning, financing and implementation of transport and infrastructural projects and support mechanisms set up to achieve this goal;

WE UNDERTAKE to deepen our cooperation in the area of maritime and air transport particularly through the expansion of the scope of current air transport agreements and the creation of new bilateral or plurilateral agreements between ECOWAS and Brazil in order to improve regular transport services between ECOWAS Member States and Brazil;

WE AGREE to deepen our cooperation in the promotion of clean and sustainable energy.  We undertake in particular to support the activities of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and to reinforce our cooperation in the area of biofuels and bioelectricity;

V.      CAPACITY BUILDING AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE

WE AGREE to  deepen cultural dialogue, namely by  promoting exchanges and building capacities in all fields of culture, education, science and technology, sports, tourism as well as transfer of technology and training, and forging closer ties between relevant  institutions.

WE ALSO AGREE to encourage the expansion of Portuguese, an official working language, in the framework of ECOWAS institutions and support capacity building in this area so as to increase the offer of translation and interpretation from and into Portuguese;

VI.      ECOWAS BRAZILIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM

WE AGREE that studies be initiated immediately on the establishment of financial mechanisms including common special purpose funds to support the implementation of programs under the ECOWAS Brazil strategy and partnership;

VII.    FOLLOW-UP MECHANISM

WE AGREE to optimize consultation mechanisms at various levels and through multiple channels in order to expand dialogue and deepen cooperation in multilateral institutions, particularly within the Africa-South America Summit (ASA);

WE UNDERTAKE to increase exchange of high-level visits, enhance political mutual trust and strengthen communication and coordination between ECOWAS and Brazil on major global issues;

WE MANDATE ECOWAS represented by its Commission in conjunction with the competent authorities of the Federative Republic of Brazil, to take appropriate measures to implement the commitments made during this Summit especially in the area of infrastructure, air transport, energy, world drug problem, security, transfer of technology, educational and cultural exchange.

WE AGREE to ensure follow up and implementation of the commitments made in this Declaration and maintain sustained dialogue in order to strengthen our cooperation.  Therefore, the next Summit will take place in Brazil, in 2012 at a date to be mutually agreed;

WE, HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENT OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES

CONGRATULATE H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, for his achievements and for his active role and leadership, in representing the developing countries at the G20 and other fora;

WELCOME, with satisfaction, the willingness expressed by the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil to promote fruitful cooperation with ECOWAS, notably by taking into account the priorities of West Africa in its Agenda and in the International Agenda;

WE, THE HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENT OF ECOWAS AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL EXPRESS our gratitude and recognition to the President, the Prime Minister and the Government of Cape Verde for having hosted the meeting and for the excellent facilities made available to us for the success of the Summit and to the People for the warm and brotherly welcome to our respective delegations.

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