Forum Chair and PNG Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said during a press conference yesterday that among recommendations made by the PACP leaders is the continued engagement with the European Union that recognises the 11 EDF projects provided by the EU with a funding of Euros 166 million. He said the PACP leaders noted the conclusion of the EDF projects in the region.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neil said the member countries also acknowledge the economic partnership agreement with EU.
He said on the issue of climate change, the small Island states have signed a declaration to address climate change issues but the member countries have yet to have discussed for a final agreement before presenting their views during the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.
He said the PACP leaders support the resolutions but they need to discuss more at the regional level before they take the issues to Paris. He said they also acknowledged and wanted to enforce and strengthen the relations with EU, trade and investment and climate change among others.
He said the PACP also resolved to have a representative in Brussels that will look at the issues of the PACP countries.
He added that the preparation and oversight work in getting a representative in Brussels will be taken up by the Forum Secretariat.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill also said the PACP leaders have also acknowledge the support and development of sustainable development commitments and trade agreements in place with and by Australia and New Zealand.
He said they also acknowledge the increase in the Pacific Island seasonal Workers in Australia while New Zealand is expected to increase the quota.