European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat sign EUR 166 million (FJD 415 million) for the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme



The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) have signed the Pacific Regional Indicative Programme (RIP) funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The Pacific RIP amounts to EUR 166 million. 

The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, and the Secretary General (SG) of the Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, signed the 11th EDF Pacific RIP in Suva today. The Pacific RIP will benefit the 15 Pacific ACP countries (Cook Islands, Timor- Leste, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu).

The key priorities under the Pacific RIP include regional economic integration; sustainable management of natural resources and the environment, and the management of waste; and inclusive and accountable governance. These priorities were determined through a consultative process which commenced in 2012, involving all the PACP States, technical agencies in the region, civil society and other key stakeholders.

“The region welcomes the EU’s commitment to the Pacific. The 11th EDF Pacific RIP is anchored in the vision, values and the objectives of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism,” says Dame Meg Taylor. “The Pacific RIP reflects the region’s commitment to advance Pacific regionalism beyond regional cooperation towards deeper forms of regional integration where there are clear prospects and equitable benefits to be gained.”

Commissioner Mimica, on his first mission to the Pacific, reaffirmed the role of the European Union as a reliable partner of the Pacific and highlighted the importance of the regional programme.

"Our ambition is to support the sustainable development of opportunities and resources in the Pacific region. The new governance arrangement will involve Pacific countries more closely in the programming, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation", Commissioner Mimica said.

A wide spectrum of stakeholders including National Authorising Officers, Development Partners, International Organisations, Council of Regional Organisations for the Pacific, Sub-regional Organisations, Technical Agencies and Non State Actors attended the signing ceremony. The 11th EDF Regional Steering Committee for the Pacific will further discuss the implementation plan for the Pacific RIP, including the intended support to investment projects.

Background information

The cooperation between the EU and the Pacific members of ACP began in 1975 with the signing of the Georgetown Agreement. The Pacific ACP States have benefited from a number of financial programmes provided through the European Union, including the 11th EDF Pacific RIP. The PIFS has the role of the Duly Mandated Regional Organisation. The 10th EDF Pacific RIP continues to be implemented and the preparations for the implementation of the 11th EDF Pacific RIP, following its signature are expected to be completed in the coming months.


For media enquiries and/or to arrange an interview please contact:
• Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Suva, Fiji, Tel: +679 3313 633 Email:
• Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat: Tel: +679 3312 600 Email:

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