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Nauru - 05 September, 2018 – Today, the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and The University of the South Pacific (USP) signed a landmark agreement with the European Union to help promote sustainable management and sound ocean governance in the Pacific Region.
The EU acknowledges that the Blue Pacific is about Pacific people across all the Pacific islands, recognising their needs and potential and their plans for their future. This will be at the core of the EU's partnership with the Pacific and therefore part of the renewed Agreement between the EU and the countries of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states, the negotiations of which will be launched in the next weeks. The EU is confident that this new partnership will be inclusive and anchored in the collective strength of the Pacific region.
This support intends to provide technical assistance to the National Authorising officer and the Ministry of Line and Phoenix Islands Development (MLPID) to ensure effective identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions under the current National Indicative Programme and other EDF funds, including programmes and activities related to capacity building at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and also the Ministry of Line and Phoenix Development.