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PM: Another Milestone

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the signing of the $65 million co-operation with the European Union is another milestone. He said the National Indicative Programme marked the full restoration of
17 Jun 2015 11:01
PM: Another Milestone

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the signing of the $65 million co-operation with the European Union is another milestone.

He said the National Indicative Programme marked the full restoration of Fiji’s longstanding co-operation provided for under the Cotonou Partnership Agreement

The agreement had charted a new course of close and mutual co-operation in various areas of development.

European Commissioner for International Development Neven Mimica, who signed for the EU, said this was a unique occasion.

He said it had indicated that the EU had resumed its full co-operation with Fiji.

“Today’s signature has become reality following all the good progress Fiji has done,” Mr Mimica said.

He said it had formalised the full re-engagement with Fiji following the holding of parliamentary elections in September last year. The UE was pleased to contribute to the successful process.

It also formalised the resumption of a close partnership through which the EU and Fiji would further enhance collaboration on developmental challenges.

“The National Indicative Programme has been designed in close consultation with the government of Fiji. To maximise the value added of our co-operation we have jointly agreed to concentrate support on two main areas: ‘Sustainable Rural Livelihoods’, and ‘Public Administration Reform and Governance’ for which indicative financial envelopes of respectively 47 and 18 million Fijian dollars will be available.”

He said they sincerely hoped that their partnership would be instrumental in supporting the promotion of rule of law and political stability and equal rights to all citizens, notably through projects promoting access to justice for all. “Economic growth and creation of new job opportunities are key to development and poverty reduction. This is why we are ready to continue sustaining your sugar sector reform, and promote Agriculture diversification in line with Fiji’s Agriculture policy 2020.”

We ask for free visa to Europe

Fiji has requested to have visa free status in the 28-member states of the European Union (EU).

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the request at the political dialogue in Suva between Fiji and the European Union.

He relayed to EU rep Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics Fiji’s interest to be included in Annex II of the Council Regulation – the listing of countries that do not require visa when entering EU member states. Rinkevics confirmed, the EU would consider it when the Regulation is revised later this year.

To date, 26 out of the 28 EU countries enjoy visa free status to Fiji.

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