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European FAO candidate promising Pacific focus

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle is up against five other candidates to head the office.

Ms Geslain-Lanéelle said the Pacific had little representation within the organisation, which needs to change as the challenges the region faces are immense.

"And this region is very much affected by climate change. We still have countries where have hunger, we have malnutrition and where we have food waste and loss. So this is important to address all of these challenges."

EU applauds Ahern on BRC stint

Ahern was invited to Chair the BRC by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Dr John Momis. 

In a statement, the EU said: “He visited Papua New Guinea and Bougainville in October, when he met with senior officials and international partners including the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, Korea, and Fiji and chaired a meeting of the Referendum Commission’s full membership on 15 October.

PNG's first-ever civil society program launched

The Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA) is a European (EU) thematic programme that builds on the 2012 EU Communication on Civil Society in external relations, recognising that engagement with community organisations contributes to human development and conflict prevention.

PNG deepens trading arrangements with EU, ACP

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rimbink Pato, who attended the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial Trade Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 October, signed the ACP Administrative Cooperation Agreement (ACA).

This makes it possible for PNG to enter into intra-ACP trade relations with the cumulation of the rules of origin.

Under this WTO multilateral trading rule, countries within the same Trade Agreement region could cumulate rules of origin.

Upgrade planned for Yawasoro vocational

This will be funded by the European Union.

The infrastructure upgrade is the first ever major development since the centre was first established in 1988.

This development will see better workshops, facilities, equipment and tools aimed at enhancing the learning outcomes of students at Yawasoro Vocational Centre.

The community at Yawasoro is encouraged to take ownership of the gift from EU in order for their children, grandchildren and future generations to be educated with lifelong skills.

PNG to exit international vaccine support

The alliance is funded by 24 governments, including European Union and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

PNG will transition or exit out of this support 2 years from now.

This means PNG will need to fully finance all vaccine and immunisation program costs.

Much of the support from Gavi finances the procurement of new vaccines, strengthens the country’s immunisation program and service deliveries.

K36m contract signed for infrastructure development

The contract is between the European Union, Department of National Planning and Monitoring and contractors.

The contract signing paves the way for construction company Rhodes PNG and Atlas Steel PNG to commence construction on various school projects, including teachers’ houses.

EU injected over K2.6bn

This started since the development of a partnership by PNG and the EU in what was known as the European Economic Commission in 1977.

On Wednesday, the European Union in Papua New Guinea marked the 40th year in which this partnership has developed and grown stronger since its initiation.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, in a statement delivered by Minister for Planning Richard Maru on his behalf, stated that when the partnership had first started, it had focused on aid and rural development mostly.

PNG and Europe continue cooperation on issues

The commitment to further strengthen relations was made during a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, by the European Union Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

The Ambassador, who is now beginning his third year in Papua New Guinea, also delivered a letter from European Council President, Donald Tusk, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker, encouraging a deepening of co-operation.

Pacific ACP leaders want no more cuts to EDF11 funding

The leaders and representatives of 14 Pacific ACP states met in Apia, Samoa today to discuss concerns about significant delays in the programming of the EDF 11 Pacific Regional Indicative Programme (PRIP) and other partnerships related to the EU.

At a press conference after the meeting, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor expressed disappointment at the delay.

“We are disappointed because our countries have been insisting on the drawdown of these funds and the negotiations have been protracted,” she said.