European Union Provides EUR3.3 Million to Help
Tuvalu's Outer Islands
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (PINA Nius) - Tuvalu and the European Union (EU)
yesterday signed an agreement which pumps millions of Euros into the
Pacific nation to help raise living and education standards on its outer
The European Union committed 3.3 million Euros for projects on
education, environment and water.
European Commission Pacific delegation head Frans Baan flew to the
Tuvalu capital, Funafuti, to discuss and sign the agreement with Prime
Minister Saufatu Sopoanga.
Baan said: "The objective of the project is to raise living standards by
addressing specific disparities in living and educational standards
between Funafuti and the outer islands. The project will complete
construction of primary school buildings on two islands, construct new
school buildings on three more, construct teacher housing, expand water
storage and supply, and improve waste management."
In addition, Baan said, the EU has committed 700,000 Euros for emergency
services, debt relief, and unstable export earnings.
The Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme that will
guide Tuvalu-EU development cooperation 2002-2007 were signed by
Sopoanga and Baan. The money comes from the 9th European Development
The Tuvalu Government and Tuvaluís community of non-governmental
organisations will implement projects over four years, Baan said.
Tuvalu's 12,000 people live on eight inhabited islands in a group of
atolls with just 26 square kilometres of land.
Of the total funding commitment, the Tuvalu Governmentís allocation is
about A$5.4 million. The NGO community will receive an allocation of
Such a large funding allocation made for projects implemented directly
by the NGO community is a first for the Tuvalu Government.
It is a result of innovative provisions set down in the Cotonou
Agreement to get NGOs to participate more actively in national
The Cotonou Agreement is the aid, trade, and development partnership
between the 15-nation EU and its 78 partner states in Africa, the
Caribbean and Pacific (known as the ACP group).
Baan said EU funding will be channeled to Tuvalu as budgetary support to
the government. This form of EU-ACP Cooperation is the first of its kind
in the Pacific Region, he said.