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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

New PIDF chair keen on new EU deal

The Chair of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare of Solomon Islands has highlighted the need for the organization to start discussions on a new partnership with the European Union for the post-Cotonou era. When accepting the chairmanship of the PIDF on Wednesday from the Fiji Prime Minister Hon Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister Sogavare said there are two key issues that he felt deserved the attention of the PIDF and engaging in its discussion through this platform. He said the issues are the need to begin consultations on the type of agreement to succeed the Cotonou Agreement when it concludes in 2020 and resettlement of Pacific Islands’ people as a result of sea-level rise. The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU. It has been the framework for EU’s relationship with the 79 ACP Member States.