PNG and Solomon Islands witness MSG Partnership agreement with the ACP Secretariat

SOURCE:  Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Paris

PARIS,09 DECEMBER 2015 (PACNEWS) --- Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands witnessed the signing of the new partnership agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) at the Le Bourget Conference venue in Paris Tuesday.  

 The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on the margins of global climate conference in Paris sets the framework for future collaboration between the two organisations.

 Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, John Pundari said the event is historical for the five members of the sub-regional group, made up of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the FLNKS of New Caledonia.

 “This is an important partnership agreement between the MSG and the ACP Secretariat in Brussels.  It sets the ground rules on how the two organisations can work together, share information and support each other’s work.

 “The MSG needs a partner like the ACP to help give voice to the Pacific countries in the group. ACP with its membership of more than 70 countries will be a good platform to raise the interests of the 10 million people across MSG and Pacific Island Countries.

 Minister Pundari said Papua New Guinea is keen to support this new collaboration.

 “PNG is proud to be hosting the next ACP Summit of Leaders next year. Also next year, PNG will host MSG leaders. We hope these two important events can be held together to give significance to the new partnership signed here today.

 MSG’s Governance & Sustainable Development Programme Manager, Stanley Wapot, representing the Secretariat at the signing said the MOU aims to strengthen co-operation between MSG and the ACP Secretariat.

 “This is a good partnership from our perspective because we hope to collaborate and share technical assistance in areas of trade, private sector development, economic management, good governance, human rights, rule of law, sustainable development and staff exchanges.

 “In addition, the two organisations will work with each other in identifying funding support available under the 11th European Union Development Fund, said Wapot.

 The heads of the two Secretariats may meet every two years to review the five year MOU.....PACNEWS