The sixth round of European Union-Suriname Political Dialogue in the framework of Article 8 of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement took place on 12 April 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Suriname.
The Surinamese delegation was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, and included His Excellency Stephen Tsang, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Ambassador Arnold Halfhide and Ambassador Michel Kerpens, senior advisors of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Miriam Mac Intosh, Permanent Secretary Geopolitical Affairs and International Development Cooperation, Ambassador Luziano Truideman, Permanent Secretary Administrative and Consular Affairs, Ambassador Winston Lackin, National Environment Coordinator and Presidential Advisor, Ms. Lucretia Redan, Permanent Secretary Operational Services of the Ministry of Justice and Police, Ms. Iris Sandel, Permanent Secretary Development Finance of the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Gwendoline Babel, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Directorate of National Security as well as staff of the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Police, Finance, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Health, Home Affairs and the Directorate of National Security.
The EU side was headed by the Ambassador of the European Union His Excellency Mr. Jernej Videtič, and included Ambassador of Belgium, His Excellency Mr. Guy Sevrin, Ambassador of the Republic of France His Excellency Mr. Antoine Joly, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Mr. Holger Michael, Ambassador of Romania His Excellency Mr. Stefan Mera, Ambassador of Spain His Excellency Mr. Javier M. Carbajosa, Ambassador of Sweden Her Excellency Ms Elisabeth Eklund, Chargé d’Affaires of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Jaap R. T. Frederiks, Deputy Ambassador of Italy, Mr. Fernando Pállini Oneto di San Lorenzo, Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mr. Ray Davidson and Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union, Mr. Philippe Coessens.
The main objectives of the dialogue are to exchange information to foster mutual understanding and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas, in particular by recognizing the existing links between the different aspects of the relations between the parties and the various areas of cooperation as laid down in the Cotonou Agreement.
The two sides engaged in constructive, wide-ranging and frank discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. Discussions included many issues of common interest for both parties such as political developments and economic affairs; EU-Suriname and Global/Regional development cooperation; Consular issues, post- Cotonou/EU- Caribbean relations/EU-LAC relation, EU & MS Cooperation; cooperation in multilateral fora; the women, peace and security agenda; climate change, security, human rights and governance and regional integration.
The European Union commended the Republic of Suriname on its efforts related to the environment and combating the effects of climate change.
Both sides also noted the development cooperation activities in the amount of approximately 36 million Euro’s, in various projects ranging from agriculture, infrastructure, climate change, judicial cooperation and civil society capacity building.
Suriname indicated that its economy has stabilized in 2018 and is expected to further improve in 2019. In this regard Suriname highlighted the need for diversification of its economy and development partners and both parties focused on cooperation in areas such as, the environment, tourism, capacity building, training and scholarships.
The two sides concluded by expressing their satisfaction on the usefulness of the dialogue in the context of EU-Surinamese relations, and have agreed to continue the constructive dialogue among the partners