Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

EU and PIFS Sign Agreement to Improve Capacity of Regional Organisations & Relevant Stakeholders

Bruxelles, 06/09/2017 - 22:11, UNIQUE ID: 170911_1
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Apia, Samoa- The Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and the Pacific at the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation and Development, Pierre Amilhat and the Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Dame Meg Taylor, today signed a Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building Capacity (TECCBUF) Financing Agreement worth EUR 7 million.

Financed under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), the TECCBUF will improve capacity of regional organisations, civil society organisations, and national authorities to more efficiently and effectively manage and implement EU programmes in light of the joint commitments made under the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Director Amilhat said: ''The EU is a proud partner of the Pacific region. Our strong EU contribution will enable regional and national actors to take full advantage of EU-funded regional programmes. Supplied with over €160 million, the regional programmes of the 11th European Development Fund constitute a valuable resource that will assist Pacific countries on their path towards implementing Agenda 2030 and in achieving their nationally-determined Sustainable Development Goals.''

The EU and PIFS signed a Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building Capacity (TECCBUF) Financing Agreement worth EUR 7 million. (Photo: Nazeem Kasim/EU)

"This programme is about building up organisational capacity, both regionally and nationally, so that our Pacific regional partners are able to assume greater ownership over EU-funded programmes. It will thus enable a more balanced partnership that moves away from the donor-recipient paradigm towards a strategic partnership of equals," added Director Amilhat.

The agreement, signed within the margins of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Apia, will see actions being carried out in 15 Pacific countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

PIFS Secretary General and PACP Regional Authorising Officer - Dame Meg Taylor said “The Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building Facility (TECBUF) will make a major contribution to strengthening the capacity of our regional organisations and will provide technical assistance and support to the implementing agencies for the Regional Indicative Programme under the 11th EDF”.                                                  


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