Pacific Island Officials Complete Training on European Development Fund (EDF) Processes


Pacific Island officials completed a successful training course on the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) process and procedures held from 3-13 August 2015 at the Novotel Hotel, Lami, Fiji.  The training was jointly organised by the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and delivered by Human Dynamics, a Europe based company.

The purpose of the training was to enable Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States (the PACPS) to be better equipped to access and secure benefit from EDF assistance under the 11th EDF, covering the period from 2014-2020. During the intensive training course, participants were introduced to the EDF and gained practical experience in dealing with EU procurement procedures, programme estimates and grants, some of which were new to the 11th EDF.

Participating in the training were 31 PACP officials from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands,Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Officials from regional organisations in the Pacific and eight officials from the EU Delegation Office also attended the training.

At the conclusion of the training, officials received Certificates of Participation from Mr Shiu Raj, Director of Economic Governance Programme of PIFS and Mr Jesús Laviña, Acting Head of Operations of the EU Delegation for the Pacific.

Speaking at the closing of the course, Mr Raj expressed the region’s appreciation to the EU for the assistance being provided, highlighting the EDF’s important contribution to the development of Pacific ACP countries at both the national and regional levels.

Mr Laviña added: "The 11th European Development Fund has seen a net increase of 15% in financial resources devoted to regional cooperation with the Pacific and the EU is committed to providing better and more effective aid to the region. That is why the 11th EDF will involve Pacific countries more closely in the programming, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the aid received."

As one of the Pacific’s largest development partners, the European Union provides both regional assistance and aid to individual countries through its European Development Fund (EDF). The EDF funds cooperation activities in the fields of economic development, social and human development as well as regional cooperation and integration.

For queries, contact:

Jerry Huekwahin, Programme Officer (EU), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tel. +679 3220248, E-mail:

Rebecca von Schreeb, Press Officer, EU Delegation for the Pacific, Tel. +679 331 3633, E-mail:


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