EU Head of Delegation in the Pacific visits MSG Secretariat
The Head of the European Union Delegation of the Pacific Region, His Excellency Ambassador Andrew Jacobs visited the MSG Secretariat meeting the Officer-in-Charge and the management team in Port Vila, Vanuatu during his transit in Vila on Wednesday.
Ambassador Jacobs was accompanied by his EU colleagues based in Brussels in the Kingdom of Belgium, Mr Jobst Von Kirchmann, Head of Development Coordination Unit for Central Asia, Middle East, Gulf and Pacific, and Mr Gerard Van Driessche, International Aid & Cooperation Officer for the Pacific. The EU delegation were able to meet the Secretariat management during their short stop-over in Vanuatu after a series of meetings recently held in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The management of the MSG Secretariat were able to discuss and exchange ideas on key issues currently affecting the region, particularly on exploring areas of interest to work together with key donor partners such as the European Union.
The Secretariat very much appreciated the short visit given the existing trade and development partnership between the European Union under the Pacific Integration Trade Assistance Programme (PITAP) EU-project currently implemented by the MSG Secretariat through partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS).
During the brief meeting, the MSG Secretariat team highlighted some of the organization’s achievements to the Ambassador and his delegation. The Secretariat also had the opportunity to brief Ambassador Jacobs on the progress of the revised MSG Trade Agreement, the MSG Private Sector Development Strategy, the MSG Fisheries Roadmap and work on Green growth initiatives including implementation of the MSG 2038 Prosperity for All Plan – the progress of the implementation of the plan among MSG members.
The Secretariat and Ambassador Jacobs both agreed on the need to promote and maintain closer collaboration on key issues including beyond development cooperation affecting the Pacific and agreed to work together towards achieving some of the key programs being led by regional and sub-regional organizations of the Pacific region. The Ambassador also noted with support the upcoming inaugural MSG Donors’ Roundtable Dialogue, now scheduled for 6 May in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The Officer-in-Charge of the MSG Secretariat, Mr Licht, on behalf of the MSG Acting Director General Mr Molean Kilepak, thanked Ambassador Jacobs for a fruitful meeting and extended the appreciation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to the European Union for the support and assistance to the MSG.
Republic of Vanuatu