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

Cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping 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 Commission (EC), including the PRIPs funded under the EDF. EDFs are usually programmed in five-year cycles. The regional envelope under the Pacific RIP is administered by the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO), an office held by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Project implementation is undertaken on behalf of the Pacific ACP States by technical agencies in the region.

To date, EU financial support through the Pacific Regional Indicative Programmes has totaled to approximately 318 million Euros.  This support has been spread over a number of sectors of which the largest portion of 42% was for programmes supporting natural resources and the environment.  A further 18% has been programmed in the Telecommunications and Travel sector, with 13% towards the development of human resources.  12% has supported activities in the Tourism sector and 7% for Trade activities, with energy receiving 5%, and the remaining 3% covering non-focal sectors. 

Currently, there are 15 members of the Pacific ACP Group. The eight original Lomé signatories are: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

In 2000, six new members - Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshal Islands, Nauru, Niue and Palau - became signatories to the Cotonou Agreement. Finally, in May 2003 Timor Leste became the 15th member to join the Pacific ACP Group.

Regional Programming is undertaken jointly by the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO) on behalf of the 15 National Authorising Officers (NAO), and by the Head of Delegation for the European Commission for the Pacific. The RAO is the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Project identification and formulation is conducted through working groups consisting of all 15 Pacific ACP NAOs, ten Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP). Regional Non-state actors (NSAs), and other relevant development partners and technical organisations often attend these group sessions. This consultative process reduces the risk of duplication of activities, at the same time, increases the prospects for building complementary programmes. Individual Pacific ACP countries are also able to submit proposals for regional funding consideration; however, such proposals must be consistent with the objectives of the agreed Regional Strategy Paper and the terms of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement.

The functions of the RAO are similar to that undertaken by NAO at country level. The RAO coordinates EDF regional programming and ensures that all PRIP projects are implemented according to the rules and regulations of the EDF. The RAO is accountable for programme expenditure to the Chief Authorising Officer of the European Commission.

Much of the RAOs work focuses on the administration and coordination of PRIP programmes, the closing and evaluation of completed programmes and the coordination and development of new projects. The Deputy Secretary General-Strategic Partnership and Coordination who is also the Deputy Regional Authorising Officer (DRAO) is responsible for the operational matters relating to the EDF administration at the Forum Secretariat.

Currently the RAO is the contracting authority for 13 major regional projects which are under implementation. Total project funds managed under the 9th and 10th EDF is approximately €181 million. 

 

Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade Programme (SPEITT)

The "Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration through Trade Programme is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (10th EDF) with a total contribution of €35.9 million. The SPEITT programme is designed to stimulate economic growth to increase regional economic integration and cooperation for Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) states. You can read more about it here.

 

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 

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 and 2013 Annual Project Reports

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

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

Trade Facilitation in Customs Cooperation (TFCC) - 2012 Interim Narrative Report


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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