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​EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific steps down

News 21 Sep 2017

Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) has acknowledged the retiring European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs at the recent Pacific Wave Samoa forum, in Apia.

Mr Jacobs will leave Suva to return to Brussels after four and a half years as Ambassador in the Pacific.

In fare-welling the Ambassador, PCF Chairman Peter Kiely highlighted Andrew’s involvement and partnership in Pacific development, and his collaboration with PCF .

“The EU is New Zealand’s most important partner in the Pacific in the energy sector and in joint energy projects in Samoa, Kiribati, Cook Islands and Tuvalu, which have been an outstanding success,” Mr Kiely says.

“The Pacific Energy Summit co-hosted by the EU in New Zealand in 2013 attracted approximately $640,000,000 in donor commitments for renewable energy projects.”

Mr Kiely acknowledged the substantial commitment by the EU in the Pacific, particularly its leadership in climate change, renewable energy, sustainable economic development, water and sanitation, maritime issues and disaster response.

The Chairman also thanked Mr Jacobs for his leadership, in keeping climate change on the agenda, crucial for Pacific nations.

(Picture caption: L-R Spanish Ambassador HE Manuel Pradas Romani, EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs, Samoan Minister of Telecommunications Hon Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, PCF Chairman Peter Kiely, British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins, Italian Ambassador He Fabrizio Marcelli.)