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Ambassador Wilson, who had presented his credentials to the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote in October, wished Fiji well for the Presidency of COP23 and reiterated that Fiji can bank on the strong support from the EU in this crucial role.
"Fiji knows first-hand the effects of climate change and we look forward to its leadership as Presidency of COP23. At COP23, the international community will need to demonstrate its continued commitment to the Paris Agreement and make substantive progress on the implementation of the work programme", Ambassador Wilson told Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum.
The EU has provided Fiji FJD 6.5 million (EUR 3 million) to support preparations of COP23, which will be hosted in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 of November.
Ambassador Wilson said the EU sees Fiji also as an important trading partner in the region. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Fiji will contribute directly to advancing the development aspirations of Fiji.
Ambassador Wilson updated the Acting Prime Minister of EU's current development cooperation and upcoming support for Fiji.
''The EU funded Programme “Fiji Access to Justice” was launched by the Government of Fiji in August last year. The project, which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will enhance the justice system in Fiji and provide more access to justice for underprivileged and vulnerable groups. For the future, the 11th European Development Fund foresees an envelope of FJD 45 million (EUR 20 million) to support the agriculture sector and the sugar subsector reform in Fiji. The preparation of the latter programme is ongoing in close cooperation with the government.''
In total, the EU will provide more than FJD 90 million (EUR 40 million) in financial assistance to Fiji during the period 2014-2020. This is in addition to almost FJD 110 million (EUR 50 million) worth of ongoing EU-funded projects.
For further information, contact; Mohammed Nazeem KASIM, EU Press Officer Suva, Fiji
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