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E.U. gives nearly $1m for S.I.D.S

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

E.U. gives nearly $1m for S.I.D.S

The European Union is giving $951,795 to assist Samoa with the upcoming Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) conference. The Head of the EU Delegation for the Pacific, Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, said that €300,000 will go towards paying for some of the operational costs of the conference.
“I believe that we are the largest donor to the Small Island Developing States throughout the world”, he said. He added, “So we have a clear interest in working very closely with them to make sure that the challenges that they face are approached in the best possible way.”
Ambassador Jacobs said one thing the EU was very pleased about in regards to its cooperation with Samoa was the budget support programme.
“(It) has been effective. We moved to budget support in Samoa a few years ago, which means we channelled our funds directly into the treasury account rather than just fund technical assistance. (…) So we provide the Government with money to do whatever they need to do with the money. Those funds should help them to achieve objectives that we agree with in the water and sanitation sector, reforms that need to be undertaken. It has worked very well because we are not coming in then as a donor imposing what we feel should be doing on Samoa. We are providing funds to the Government to enable them to actually achieve the objectives they have set themselves in terms of reform,” he said.
The ambassador also stressed the importance of  the conference for the EU. “We have the President of the European Commission Mr (Jose Manuel) Barroso who is going to be coming. He will be making an speech in the opening session with the (U.N. Secretary General) Ban Ki Moon. And Commissioner (Andris) Piebalgs will also be there for the European Union, it is a very important event.”

Source: Samoa Observer