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.
The EU calls upon Azerbaijan to ensure respect for its international commitments, notably as a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, including its Articles 5 and 10 on the right to liberty and the right to freedom of expression and information respectively.
Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Jo Adamson, Deputy Head of Delegation, at the United Nations General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect.