Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea and European Union hold second political dialogue

22/11/2016 - 09:57
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On 22 November 2016, Papua New Guinea and European Union will hold its Second Political Dialogue. The Political Dialogue is a high-level bilateral meeting aimed at gathering senior officials from both parties and at exchanging information to foster mutual understanding, and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas for the years to come.

The second political dialogue is expected to continue the deepening of the political cooperation between Papua New Guinea and the European Union (EU). The agenda includes a wide range of topics of interest to both PNG and EU, such as domestic, regional and international political priorities governance, democracy and human rights; global agenda, including climate change or the 2030 sustainable development goals; or trade, investment and sustainable development.

The first dialogue was held in Port Moresby in May 2014. Political outreach sessions were also held in August 2014, January 2015 and more recently in April 2016.

 

The European Union has been present in PNG since 1977, soon after PNG independence in 1975. The European Union and Papua New Guinea strengthened their partnership in 1997, with the entering into force of the Cotonou Agreement, which is the current framework for the EU relations with the 79 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

 

The Cotonou Agreement is a comprehensive partnership agreement, based on three complementarity pillars: development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation and political cooperation. It aims to reduce - and eventually eradicate poverty and gradually integrate the ACP countries into the world economy.

 

Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement foresees a deep, comprehensive and regular Political Dialogue between Papua New Guinea and the European Union. Following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, the European Union Delegation has assumed the responsibility for representing the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy.

The Papua New Guinea Government and the European Union Delegation in Papua New Guinea have frequently engaged and exchanged on many topics of mutual concern such as human rights, gender issues, elections, matters relating to positions taken in the United Nations or visa matters.

Papua New Guinea is the first country in the Pacific to have ratified and implemented a trade agreement with the European Union. It is called interim Economic Partnership Agreement and it is concluded for an indefinite period between the parties. It grants full access duty free quota free for all products made in PNG to the European Union markets of 500 million consumers.

To help Papua New Guinea to tap on this opportunity, the European Union in line with the PNG Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030, has put into place a Trade Related Assistance Programme, which aims to increase PNG capacities to benefit from trade and investment with Europe and the rest of the world.

The main instrument for providing European Union assistance for development cooperation is the European Development Fund (EDF). The EU contribution to Papua New Guinea's development efforts amounts circa 650 million Kina for the period 2014-2020. It focuses on three main areas: rural economic development, human resources development and water supply and sanitation

The EDF is financed by direct contributions from all European Union countries. Therefore France and United Kingdom, represented in Papua New Guinea, as well as all other non-represented European Union countries also assist towards the creation of a more inclusive and prosperous society for all Papua New Guineans.

Opening Remarks by Hon. Charles Abel, Minister for National Planning and Monitoring

 

Statement from European Union Ambassador H.E Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos

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