The European Union and Fiji reviewed bilateral relations at the fourth High Level Political Dialogue – under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on yesterday.
The review of bilateral relations included development cooperation, the EU-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), bilateral cooperation on tax good governance, visa issues, fight against climate change, as well as developments in the Pacific region.
Developments in Fiji, including efforts underway to consolidate democracy and human rights, as well as in the EU, including Brexit, were also discussed.
The dialogue was under the co-chairmanship of Fiji’s Foreign Minister Inia Seruiratu and EEAS Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Gunnar Wiegand.
Discussions also focused on the potential that the Economic Partnership Agreement provides for the strengthening of EU-Fiji trade relations.
The EU encouraged Fiji to take a number of steps to further the effective implementation of this Agreement. In this context, the EU and Fiji also discussed the importance of the possible use of global sourcing as a tool to boost investment in the fisheries sector. Global sourcing would allow Fiji to process fishery (and other) products from other countries in the region and export them to the EU without taxes being levied.