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Monday, 10 April 2017

EU strengthens ties with the Pacific

The European Commission's Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, visited the Pacific region to strengthen coordination and cooperation on development policy. From 28 March to 3 April 2017, Director-General Manservisi visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The visit began in Australia and New Zealand to strengthen an already close partnership with the two countries and to further coordination on development policy. He then travelled to Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to continue discussions with authorities and stakeholders and assess the impact of EU development assistance. In Australia, Director-General Manservisi led talks with senior counterparts at the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and reviewed the latest EU and Australian development priorities, in line with the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (link is external). Human rights and gender issues, climate change and resilience, sustainable management of marine resources, and peace and security featured on the agenda. During his visit to Canberra, he met the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells as well as the Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Claire Moore. He inaugurated the first EU-Australia Leadership Forum Sectorial Policy Workshop which was dedicated to digital development. Among other meetings, he also met with the representative of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the Pacific and delivered a speech at the Australian National University. In New Zealand, Stefano Manservisi met Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully to exchange views on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and to reaffirm cooperation on the EU-New Zealand Pacific Energy Partnership. He also participated in an event with the private sector at the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF), which addressed private sector opportunities in the Pacific.In Fiji, Director-General Manservisi met President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote.

Source: European Commission