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Wednesday, 09 October 2013

11th EDF: Cariforum and EU appraise development plans

From 19-20 September, the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programming Seminar was held in order to voice the importance and the concerns of the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (Cariforum) and the European Union (EU) relations regarding future development co-operation for 2014-2020. This seminar held specific emphasis on narrowing down the aims of funding usage in regards to a national and regional basis through “people-centered development objectives”.
Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, explained that the relationship the Cariforum has with the EU has been improving gradually and has been beneficial to the Caribbean.He also appreciated the attendance of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, at the seminar as a reflection of the importance the EU attaches to its relations with Cariforum.
However, LaRocque conveyed his concerns towards the new EU external aid policies. He noted that the advances that are being made within this relationship has been “underpinned by certain constants such as a commitment to global peace, democracy, the rule for law and respect for human rights.”
The EU is the largest provider of grant resources to Cariforum states. LaRocque said the resources provided “have been significant and have contributed immensely to national and regional development in Cariforum.”

Source: Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online