Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the European Union

Suva, Fiji , 22/05/2018 - 06:55, UNIQUE ID: 180522_2
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The third High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the European Union (EU) under article 8 of the Cotonou ACP-EU Partnership Agreement will be held in Suva on 23 and 24 May, 2018. The meeting will be opened by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama at 11:00am on 23rd at Level 9 Conference Room, Suvavou House. Discussions will be co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr Iowane Naivalurua and the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E. Mr Julian Wilson. France, Spain and the United Kingdom will attend the dialogue as part of the EU delegation.

Discussions will cover political and economic developments in Fiji and the European Union as well as topics of mutual interest for both sides such as the 2018 general elections, fight against climate change, Economic partnership Agreement (EPA), human rights and development cooperation. The dialogue is a continuation of the High Level Political Dialogue held in Brussels, Belgium in 2016.

 

Background

The Cotonou Partnership Agreement offers a framework for the European Union’s cooperation relations for the economic, social and cultural development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). Centred on the target of reducing, and in the longer-term, eradicating poverty, the cooperation must also contribute to the peace and security and the democratic and political stability of the ACP states.

 

Article 8 of Cotonou Agreement provides for a regular, comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides. The objective of the political dialogue is to exchange information, to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognising links in the various areas of cooperation between the Parties as laid down in the Agreement.

 

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