CCR 2018 France, New Caledonia, Vanuatu: 9 projects funded

38 M VT for the Education sector granted by the 2018 Joint Commission of the regional cooperation agreement New Caledonia, France, Vanuatu

On June 22, 2018, all partners of the regional cooperation agreement, New Caledonia, France, and Vanuatu met at the Tjibaou Cultural Center in Nouméa to select the projects funded this year under this partnership.
The delegation of the Government of Vanuatu was led by the Honorable Prime Minister, Mr Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas followed by the Minister of Education, Training and Francophonie, Mr. Jean-Pierre Nirua as well as the directors of the education sector.

For the Government of New Caledonia, the President, Mr. Philippe Germain and the Member of the Government in charge of Education and Higher Education, Mrs. Hélène Iekawé, were present.
The French Republic was represented by the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, Mr Thierry Lataste and the Ambassador of France in Vanuatu, Mr Gilles Favret.

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The French, New Caledonia and Vanautu delegations gathered at the Tjibaou Center in Noumea.
®French Embassy in Vanuatu

The meeting of the joint commission has validated 9 projects for a total amount of 38 Millions VT in the sector of Education, Training and Francophonie, priority sectors of this partnership since 2017 and until 2020 as the Honorable Prime Minister of Vanuatu mentioned in his opening statement.

For 2018, the majority of projects are particularly in Higher Education and are oriented around the three pillars on which the construction of the National University is based, namely access to quality Higher Education, the structuring of Research and skills transfer and linguistic innovation. The aim is to support the allocation of Master’s and PHD scholarships, the creation of a linguistic center, the launch of a new Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences by 2020, the equipment the VITE documentary center, but also to equip the science laboratories of several secondary schools and to support cultural actions organized by the Alliance Française.

During the meeting, a presentation was also made on the FICOL funding which is currently financing the construction of several infrastructure projects including a building for the national university campus, the “relais de la Francophonie” and the new fire station of Bauerfield airport.

This meeting was also an opportunity for the two heads of Government of Vanuatu and New Caledonia to return to the key points of the bilateral framework agreement signed on March 3, 2017, which includes 11 sectors including education and longlife training, health, civil aviation, trade, higher education, francophonie, customs, civil service, maritime transport, town planning and meteorology. It was proposed by the President of the Government of New Caledonia to add culture, sport and environment.

Published on 26/06/2018

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