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The Pacific Regional Indicative Programme (PRIP) encompasses all Pacific Regional project funded through the European Union Development Fund (EDF).

EDF’s are different from the development budget lines of the European Commission (EC). The EDF’s usually involve 5-7 year programming cycles and consequently involve 5-7 year commitments by Member States, which have to be first approved by their National Parliaments.

Cooperation between the European Union and the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) countries began in 1975 with the signature of the Georgetown Agreement.  We are now on the 11th EDF, which covers the period 2014 to 2020. Before the 11th EDF could  be signed, it had to be approved by the national parliaments of the EU Member States. Therefore it was not until June 2015, that the 11th EDF PRIP was signed. This took place on June 15th, 2015 at the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS), here in Suva.  Dame Meg Taylor (DBE) and the European Commissioner for Development, Mr Niven Mimica, were the two signatories.

The reason that the Secretary General of PIFS was involved is that PIFS is the Duly Mandated Regional Organisation  (DMRO) for the PRIP. So she is also the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO), responsible for overseeing the implementation of this new  €166 million programme. This new programme has indicative allocations of € 50 million to Regional Economic Integration, € 52 million to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Waste, and  € 18 million to Inclusive and Accountable Governance. In addition, a further €46 million has been committed to a new Blending Modality and Investment Facility.

Previously, EU financial support through the PRIP had totalled some €318 Million. The largest beneficial sector was natural resources management (42%), with 18% going to the telecommunications and travel sectors. Some 13% went to Human Resource Development, with 12% going to support activities in the Tourism Sector. Only 7% went on Trade activities, with energy taking 5% and the remaining 3% going to non-focal sectors, such as Strengthening the Regional Authorising Officer (SP2RAO).

There are currently 15 members of the PACP Group. The original signatories were Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. However, in 2000, six new members came on board; - Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue and Palau- all became signatories to the Cotonou Agreement. Finally in May 2003, Timor Este became the 15th Member of the PACP Group.

For the 11th EDF a new approach has been tried, whereby programme formulation has been conducted through working groups, consisting primarily of Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP) and relevant Technical Implementing Agencies (TIA’s) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s). A Regional Steering Committee oversees programme Development for the Pacific (RSCP) which consists mainly of the National Authorising Officers (NAO’s) of each PACP State, CROP agencies, TIA’s and CSO’s, and the EU Delegation.  The meeting being co- chaired by the RAO and a senior figure from the European Commission in Brussels.

The RSCP meets annually and through consultation and dialogue, reduces the risk of duplication of activities, and keeps all relevant partners informed of progress and enhances the chances of building complementary programmes.

The functions of the RAO are similar to that undertaken by NAO’s at the country level. The RAO coordinates EDF regional programmes and ensures that all
PRIP programmes are implemented according to the rules and regulations of the EDF. The RAO is normally accountable to the Chief Authorising Officer of the European Commission.

However, under EDF11, new implementation modalities are being introduced, through a procedure known as “indirect management” with “Entrusted Entities” (EE’s).  Each EE has to first pass a PAGODA assessment, whereby they have to pass four (4) out of seven (7) pillars in terms of accounting procedures (3) and (one out of four) procurement procedures.

At the current time, the RAO is actively working with the programme coordinators and working groups to get all the Priority Area Action documents through, and passed by the Quality Support Groups (QSG’s) in EC Headquarters in Brussels. Once that process is complete- now scheduled to be completed by April 2017, it will take a further 6 months before Financing Decisions are taken and Financing Agreements can be signed. Therefore implementation of the 11th EDF PRIP is unlikely to begin before the first quarter of 2018.

Documents:

1. Regional Strategy Paper (PSP)

 a) 8th EDF Regional Strategy Paper - Part A and Part B

 b) 9th EDF Regional Strategy Paper

 c) 10th EDF Regional Strategy Paper

 d) 11th EDF Pacific Regional Indicative Programme Final Draft

 e) Signed 11th EDF Pacific Regional Indicative Programme

 

 

2. Financing and Contribution Agreements

a) 9th EDF Financing Agreements

Capacity Support for Sustainable Management of Energy Resources in the Pacific Region

Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific II (DSAP II)

Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific ACP Countries (DEVFISH)

Disaster Risk Reduction in Eight Pacific ACP States

Extension of the Plant Protection Programme to the Six New Pacific ACP Countries – ADDPIC (PPP)

Extension of the Project - Reducing Vulnerability of Pacific ACP States - to Six New ACP States

Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT)

Pacific Regional Coastal Fisheries Programme (COFISH)

Pacific ACP Regional Economic Integration Programme (PACREIP)

Pacific Environment Information Network Project (Phase II) (PEIN II)

Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of Basic Education (PRIDE)

Scientific Support for Ocean Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Pacific (SCIFISH)

Support to the Energy Sector in Five ACP Pacific Islands

Technical Assistance Support to the Regional Authorising Officer (Phase II) - Financing Agreement

Technical Assistance Support to the RAO (Phase II) – Grant Agreement

Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF)

 

b) 9th EDF Contribution Agreements

Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific II (DSAP)

Development of Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific ACP Countries (DEVFISH)

Disaster Risk Reduction in Eight Pacific ACP States (DRR)

Extension of the Plant Protection Programme to the Six New Pacific ACP Countries – ADDPIC (PPP)

Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT)

Pacific Regional Coastal Fisheries Programme (COFISH)

Pacific Regional Economic Integration Programme (PACREIP)

PACREIP Component 4(d) – Trade Facilitation Biosecurity (TFBC)

Pacific Environment Information Network Project (Phase II) (PEIN II)

Pacific Regional Initiatives for the Delivery of Basic Education (PRIDE)

Scientific Support for Ocean Fisheries Management in the Western and Central Pacific (SCIFISH)

Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF)

 

c) 10th EDF Financing Agreements

Adapting to Climate Change & Sustainable Energy (ACSE)

Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region : a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management 

Development of Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in Pacific ACP Countries – Phase II (DevFish2) 

EU-Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC/IMF) Programme

Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project (PRTCBP) Part A

Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project (PRTCBP) Part B

Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste)

Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region (SclCOFlsh) 

Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade (SPEITT)

Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF)

Technical Cooperation Facility - Programme Estimate 1

Technical Cooperation Facility - Programme Estimate 2

Trade Facilitation in Customs Cooperation (TFCC) Part A

Trade Facilitation in Customs Cooperation (TFCC) Part B

 

d) 10th EDF Contribution Agreements

Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region : a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management

Addendum 2 to the Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region Contribution Agreement

Development of Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in Pacific ACP Countries – Phase II – FFA Component

Development of Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in Pacific ACP Countries – Phase II – SPC Component

Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT)

Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Program (PITAP)

Addendum 2 to PITAP Contribution Agreement

Exchange of Letters between PIFS and MSG Secretariat

Exchange of Letters between PIFS and OCTA

Strengthening Non State Actor Engagement in Policy Development Implementation

Support Programme to the Regional Authorising Officer

 

3. Projects

Updated List of 10th EDF PRIP Projects as at 31st July 2015

 

a) 10th EDF Annual Project Reports

Deep Sea Minerals in the Pacific Islands Region : a Legal and Fiscal Framework for Sustainable Resource Management - 2011 ,  2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Annual Project Reports

Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region (SciCOFish) - 2014 Report and Overall project report 2010 to 2015

Strengthening Non State Actor Engagement in Policy Development Implementation programme

Scientific Support for the Management of Coastal and Oceanic Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region (SciCOFish) - 2010, 2011 , 2012 and 2013 Annual Project Reports

Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF) - Closure Report 1 March 2012-30 June 2013  and Interim Report 1 March-31 December 2012

Support Programme to the RAO - 2015 Annual Report which covers both 2014 and 2015 implementation

Projects under SPEITT:

Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) - Progress Report 31 May 2011-30 May 2012 ; 2013 Annual Project Report

Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Program (PITAP) - 2011  , 2012 and 2013 Annual Project Reports

Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project (PRTCBP) - 2012 Inception Report, 2013 Annual Progress Report, 2014 and 2015 Annual Reports

Trade Facilitation in Customs Cooperation (TFCC) - 2012, 2014 and 2015 Annual Reports


4. 11th EDF Documents
 

Terms of Reference for Regional Steering Committee for the Pacific (RSCP)

Instructions for Action Document template completion

Action Document templates

  1. Action Document
  2. Instructions for Action Document Template Completion

Final draft 11th EDF pacificRIP 2014-2020

11th EDF PRIP Meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the Pacific - Outcomes

11th EDF regional programming orientations

  1. Programme Guidelines Annex 1 Template
  2. Programme Guidelines Annex 2 Flow Charts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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