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European Union hopes to ensure ongoing support for Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 05/04/2017

The European Union hopes to ensure that its ongoing support to Tonga is sustainable and for the relationship of both countries to flourish in future.

This is the purpose of a close door meeting between the Acting Prime Minister – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni and EU’s ambassador to the Pacific His Excellency Andrew Jacobs.

The agendas of the meeting included sharing of common interests of both parties and what needs to be done when the COTONOU AGREEMENT completes in 2020.

Cotonou is a partnership agreement or framework for the relations between developing countries of Africa, Carribbean and Pacific and the European Union .

The agreement includes cooperation relations for the economic, social, and cultural development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States – ACP.

“So one of the things that we’ve been discussing is what happens after 2020 and the European Union is very keen to consolidate to continue to deepen its relationship with the Pacific and Tonga. Over the next couple of years we will be negotiating this new agreement which will follow on after the end of the COTONOU agreement in 2020. As far as the European Union is concern this represents an important opportunity to consolidate our relationship with the Pacific to really build on the excellent cooperation that we have and we work very closely on economic development , climate change but there is more t hat we can do together”, says H.E Andrew Jacobs.

He also spoke of the EU’s aid and commitment to Tonga.

“At the moment is secured into 2020, after 2020 this is part of defining new relationship after that time, the discussions we have in Brussels with our member states and Pacific partners  will also relates to the funding which will be available . The funding is secure we have an allocation for Tonga between now and 2020 of 11.1 Million euros . We also have 166M euro in the regional program so these funds are secured”

This is Jacob’s last trip to Tonga before his assignment in the Pacific comes to an end later this year.

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