EU budget support training for Pacific reps

Update: 5:33PM AROUND 75 participants from the Pacific region are attending a week-long training course on Budget Support and the European Union’s Blending aid modality which began today.

The course is organised jointly by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) for the Pacific and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) at the Novotel Hotel, Lami.

EU delegations from across the region, other donors and two regional organisations are also attendees at the training which ends on October 28.

The objective of the training is to enable participants to design and implement Budget support programs effectively, and financed by the EU. 

Pacific islands represented at the training include the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn.

European Union ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs said in a statement: “The European Union’s move to budget support in the Pacific wherever possible heralds a significant change and a growing maturity of relations with partner countries”.

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