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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

European Union represents the most successful process of regional integration and remains the richest continent in the world, says EU ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs. Speaking at the Europe Day celebrations in Suva, Jacobs said despite the difficulties faced by the union, there was much to be celebrated. “Over the years our union has grown from six members in 1957 to twenty-eight, with 500 million people,” Jacobs said. “The dreams of our founding fathers have become a reality and Europeans live together in peace and prosperity, bound together by principles of democracy and human rights. “We have a responsibility to our own citizens and also to the rest of the world.” Jacobs said the union would continue to strengthen its relationship and partnership with Fiji and the rest of the Pacific Island countries in addressing climate change after the Paris Agreement. “The EU and Pacific partners were, and remain, leading members of the High Ambition Coalition that pushed the bar high and got results.

Source: news.pngfacts.com

The United Kingdom has reaffirmed its continued commitment to the sustainable development of the Caribbean region, pledging to increase development support over the next four years to the tune of £360 million (US$521 million) in grant-finance. The United Kingdom’s commitment to the Region was renewed during the Ninth UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum, recently concluded in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. The Joint Communique emanating from the Forum, which was held under the theme, “Building a Stronger Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Development,” defines the broad-ranging areas collaboration, and includes, cooperation on global tax transparency, correspondent banking issues, renewable energy and health. The UK is keen on forging closer cooperation in the areas of economic growth and job creation, tackling crime and corruption, climate change and natural disasters management.

Source: caribbean360.com

The close relations and intertwined history between Barbados and the European Union are treasured. This assurance from Prime Minister the Right Honourable Freundel Stuart while speaking at a special ceremony in celebration of Europe Day 2016 at the premises of the European delegation yesterday morning. Highlighting the many contributions which the EU has made to Barbados having established its presence on the island 40 years ago in 1976, he said the event,which included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, was a tangible demonstration of the EU’s commitment to a long, harmonious and productive friendship with Barbados. Ranging from rum and sugar, renewable energy and energy efficiency and disaster management, the Prime Minister noted that while there have been areas of valuable partnership, there are other areas in which there are differences of opinion. He pointed to the blacklisting of a number of countries as uncooperative tax jurisdictions, including Barbados, by the European Commission in 2015.

Source: barbadosadvocate.com

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers have convened in St Vincent for the 19th meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR), amid the unfolding of a number of major geopolitical issues. According to the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat, the two-day meeting will provide the ministers with the opportunity for a periodic review of a range of diplomatic matters involving CARICOM’s relations with international organisations and third countries. “COFCOR will examine the implications for the Caribbean Community of several emerging issues including the reshaping of the United States relations with Cuba and the pending British referendum on European Union membership,” the statement said. “As the Community seeks to reinforce relations with multilateral organisations, COFCOR will discuss matters regarding the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).”

Source: caribbean360.com

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Botswana National Assembly Speaker Gladys Kokorwe and chairperson of the House of Chiefs Kgosi Puso Gaborone will this week hold talks with a visiting delegation from the French National Assembly, APA learnt here Tuesday.A statement from Botswana’s Parliament said the meetings would be held Tuesday and Wednesday at Parliament buildings in the capital Gaborone. The talks would, among others, focus on the diplomatic relations between Botswana and France and how Botswana’s House of Chiefs contributes to nurturing the country’s democracy. The statement added that the meetings would discuss the working relations between the National Assembly of Botswana and the French National Assembly. The French delegation is led by Jean-Marie Tetart who is chairperson of the France-Botswana Friendship Group. The delegation is also expected to hold talks with other Botswana cabinet ministers in Gaborone before heading to Maun tourist resort in the north of the country on Friday.

Source: starafrica.com