Leaders at the the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) leaders meeting in Rarotonga. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU.
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders have expressed their unwavering support for the signing of the Samoa Agreement, scheduled to take place in Apia next week.
Speaking after the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) leaders meeting in Rarotonga, Pacific Islands Forum Chair and Cook Islands Prime Minister
Mark Brown revealed that the leaders have given a resounding support and endorsed the finalisation, signing and ratification of the agreement.
Samoa Agreement is a partnership agreement between the European Union (EU) and
the organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS).
Ambassador to the Pacific Barbara Plinkert announced that the EU is committing
a minimum of €650 million (NZ$1.17 billion) to the region in support of Pacific
emphasised that through the European Union's Global Gateway investment
strategy, Europe strongly supports the green transition in the Pacific.
Green Blue Alliance, streamlining EU and Member States’ funding, focuses on
climate action and the sustainable use of the Pacific's natural capital,” she
further explained that the implementation of bilateral Global Gateway
Investment projects has already begun, and they are ready to support hydropower
development in Fiji, construction of a deep-sea, multipurpose port on Christmas
Islands, Kiribati, and in Papua New Guinea. Additionally, the European
Investment Bank is joining forces with France to rehabilitate the Port of
forward, we want to attract more private sector investment in support of the
infrastructure needs in the Pacific," she added.
highlighted that the upcoming signature of the Africa Caribbean Pacific-EU
Partnership Agreement in Samoa marks a significant milestone, and the agreement
will include a specific Pacific-EU Protocol.
trade, she noted that: “In the last five years, EU imports from Pacific ACP
Countries have increased from €1.3 to €2.3 billion. The EU proudly guarantees
full free access to the EU common market through the Economic Partnership