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Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Enhanced Political Dialogue between Samoa and the EU

The first enhanced political dialogue between the Independent State of Samoa and the European Union under Article 8 of the ACP-EU partnership (Cotonou) Agreement was held in Apia on 4 of October. The discussions covered political and economic developments in Samoa and the European Union as well as key strategic topics of mutual interest for both sides. The meeting was chaired on the Samoan side by the Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, and by HE Mr Andrew Jacobs, Head of Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific. Among the outcomes was an agreement by the parties to seek common lines to tackle key global challenges such as climate change and to strengthen their co-operation in regional and international matters of common concern. Following the fruitful exchanges HE Andrew Jacobs said: "Today we had an excellent opportunity to take stock of our joint considerable achievements over the past years and to plan for even closer cooperation for the coming years. Building on the exceptional partnership between the European Union, Samoa and the rest of the Pacific in the fight against climate change, today we explored further areas where coordinated action could make an impact on a global stage. I witnessed the remarkable progress that the Government of Samoa has made in the field of human rights and discussed remaining challenges. I am confident that EU support to sectors such as water and sanitation, and support to the civil society, will be a major boost in addressing the remaining development challenges in Samoa".

Source: scoop.co.nz