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EU Contributes $6.5m To COP23 Trust

The European Union yesterday contributed $6.5million towards the COP 23 Trust Presidency Fund. This is in support of Fiji’s Presidency in the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties
01 Apr 2017 11:00
EU Contributes $6.5m To COP23 Trust
European Commission Director-General for International Co-operation and Development, Stefano Manservisi and Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

The European Union yesterday contributed $6.5million towards the COP 23 Trust Presidency Fund.

This is in support of Fiji’s Presidency in the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to take place in Bonn, Germany, in November.

More funds are expected from countries, development partners and individuals.

The announcement was made by the European Commission Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, who is on a tour of the Pacific.

Mr Manservisi commended the efforts made by Fiji and was pleased to see this leadership chairing COP 23

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, thanked the EU for their commitment in respect to resolving and addressing some of Fiji’s developmental issues.

 

EU support announced yesterday included:
EU will provide $6.5m to support Fiji in effective preparations of COP23 which will be hosted in early November in Bonn, Germany.
$4m will be provided directly to the Fiji Government while $2.1m will be committed to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, mirroring well-functioning arrangements during previous COPs.
Mr Manservisi acknowledged receipt of a funding request submitted by the Supervisor of Elections for training of polling day workers.
The EU is examining various possibilities, adding the EU would be pleased in particular to field a mission of electoral experts similar to the one that worked in Fiji in 2014.
Mr Manservisi said the EU sees Fiji as an important trading partner in the region. The suspension of the negotiations on a future Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has given the EU the opportunity to focus on implementing the existing EPA.

 

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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