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EU Delegation met with the Deputy governor of Nairobi Mr Polycarp Igathe

Apia, Samoa - The Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and the Pacific at the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation and Development, Pierre Amilhat today held discussions with Pacific leaders in the margins of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting on priorities and modalities to best organise future relations when the current Cotonou Agreement expires.

In the remote Highlands region of Papua New Guinea, villagers grow coffee and liaise with exporters for trade to European markets; along the country's coast farmers grow cocoa whose taste and quality is becoming gradually recognised by chocolate industry in Europe. A brand new National Trade Policy will provide a framework to help small farmers and local communities to boost their unique products beyond the domestic borders and support their efforts to become successful exporters.

Through the 'Trade Related Assistance' project, European Union has supported the development of a first ever National Trade Policy, which was successfully launched on August 09, 2017. Papua New Guinea's Government holds now a policy to guide the country in its trade negotiations and agreements, facilitate access to international markets and foster an equitable and sustainable income though job creation.

Apia, Samoa - The Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and the Pacific at the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation and Development, Pierre Amilhat and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, today signed a Financing Agreement worth EUR 13 million to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and girls in the Pacific. The agreement was signed in the margins of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in Apia.

A strong EU-U.S. partnership is crucial to building a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world.

Statement of the European Union and its Member States at the Ad hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (6-8 September 2017).

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