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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Funds in the form of budget support will be coming Fiji’s way through the European Union. EU officials in Brussels have confirmed that budget support for sectors such as agriculture (sugar) amongst others will be coming Fiji’s way. It is understood that F$10million has already been committed under the budget support programme for the country’s sugar industry. This has also been confirmed by the Fijian mission in Brussels.

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimca says EU countries face the task of ensuring that any growth and development in their countries are made in the context of achieving the sustainable development goals. "When it comes to our sustainability we are all developing countries," Mr Mimica said. "Even the most developed countries have to do a lot to build the sustainable development policy into their countries.

The Ghana Vegetable (GhanaVeg) Programme, which was introduced by the Dutch government, is working through the horticultural value chain to help Ghana overturn a European Union (EU) ban on exports of selected vegetables. The EU last year banned the exports of chillies, aubergine and other vegetables from Ghana to stop the introduction of pests into the ecosystem of the EU.

The European Union (EU) and the Samoan Government have signed a 20.2 million Euro/SAT 58 million in Water and Sanitation. This Financial agreement was signed by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, Neven Mimica during the European Development Day summit in Brussels yesterday. European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mimica stated that the agreement would strengthen the cooperation with Samoa in water and sanitation.

Refugees, climate change and poverty; there is no lack of issues to discuss for members of the European Parliament and representatives of 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). They have been talking for three days in Namibia's capital, Windhoek, in a meeting that is held twice a year. Apart from the current issues on the agenda, there is another topic that's been steadily gaining importance. The Cotonou Agreement, which currently regulates cooperation between the European Union and the ACP states, expires in 2020.