Fiji, a proud founding member of the ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) as a signatory to the Georgetown Agreement of 1975, has conveyed its gratitude to the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) for its solidarity over the past 48 years.
Prime Minister Rabuka conveyed this to the OACPS Secretary-General H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti in Brussels today.
The Prime Minister acknowledged ongoing collaboration with the European Union (EU) through the ACP Group, particularly in fostering growth in our sugar, agriculture, and fisheries industries.
The partnership, he added, has played an important role in infrastructure developments, including roads, bridges, and water management projects.
Commenting on the Samoa Agreement, PM Rabuka thanked the OACPS Secretariat for leading and coordinating the negotiation, adoption, and signing of the Agreement in Apia last November.
The agreement marks a new chapter in the partnership between the EU and Pacific ACP States.
He highlighted that the Samoa Agreement aligns with the recently endorsed 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Implementation Plan, featuring a common foundation text and three regional protocols tailored to the needs of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific region.
With the Samoa Agreement shifting OACPS cooperation with the EU to a regional partnership, Fiji highlighted the significance of addressing regional priorities outlined in the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
On Sustainable Development, the Prime Minister called for greater global, regional, and national cooperation to ensure the realisation of the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030, saying the cooperation must be inclusive, leaving no one behind in the development efforts.
Fiji, he added, remains committed to the shared vision and goals outlined in the Samoa Agreement, fostering a future of sustainable development, cooperation, and prosperity for the OACPS.
In his response, His Excellency Chikoti thanked Prime Minister Rabuka for the opportunity to meet and discuss areas of mutual collaboration and partnership.