Programme – 17th OCT-EU Forum / Tahiti (French Polynesia)

17th EU·oct FORUM | Octa Ministerial Conference

Monday 25th February 2019

Trilateral meetings between OCTs, MS and Commission.
Venue: Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Managed By Sofitel (Room: Gauguin)
09:30 – 10:00 French Polynesia
10:00 – 10:30 New Caledonia
10:30 – 11:00 Wallis & Futuna
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:15 Pacific Regional Programme
12:15 – 13:00 Indian Ocean Regional Programme
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
14:30 – 15:00 Greenland

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Trilateral meetings between OCTs, MS and Commission.
Venue: Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Managed By Sofitel (Room: Gauguin)
09:00 – 09:30 Falkland Islands
09:30 – 10:00 Saint Helena, Ascension, Tristan Da Cunha
10:00 – 10:30 Pitcairn
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 11:15 Turks and Caicos Islands
11:15 – 11:45 Montserrat
11:45 – 12:15 Anguilla
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Aruba
13:30 – 14:00 Bonaire
14:00 – 14:30 Curaçao
14:30 – 15:00 Saba
15:00 – 15:30 Sint Eustatius
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Sint Maarten
16:30 – 17:00 Caribbean Regional Programme
17:00 – 17:30 Thematic Programme

Wednesday 27th February 2019

OCTA Ministerial and Gala Dinner
Venue: Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Managed By Sofitel, Tahiti (Room: Matisse)
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 17:15 OCTA Ministerial Conference
19:00 – 21:30 OCTA Gala Dinner
Venue: Premises of French Polynesia Presidency

Thursday 28th February 2019

Venue: Mo’orea Island
07:15 – 07:45 Gathering at the maritime terminal
07:50 – 08:05 Boarding
08:10 – 08:45 Trip Tahiti-Mo’orea (collation)
08:45 – 09:00 Arrival and departure of buses
09:00 – 09:15 Trip from Valare Harbor station (Mo’orea) to Belvédère To’a tea de Teavaro
09:15 – 09:45 Commemoration Ceremony
09:45 – 10:25 Trip to Opunohu sites (buses)
10:25 – 12:10 Visit of the sites – 11th EDF INTEGRE Regional – Opunohu sites:
  • Ethnobotanical trail/ecotourism activities
  • Sustainable farming practices
12:10 – 14:35 lunch
14:40 – 16:40 Thematic workshop: 'Sustainable development through regional cooperation'
Venue: Hotel Sofitel Mo’orea Ia Ora Beach Resort

The objective of this thematic workshop is to highlight the importance of a regional approach to sustainable development. The workshop will allow to present different perspectives, with concrete examples from Pacific and Caribbean regional organisations and the EU. It will facilitate cross-fertilisation of experiences, sharing of lessons learned and promote the reflection on opportunities for the future.
16:40 – 17:30 Departure by bus to the maritime terminal
17:30 – 17:55 Boarding
18:00 – 18:35 Trip from Mo’orea to Tahiti (collation)
18:40 – 19:05 Departure by bus to the hotel

Friday 1st March 2019

Venue: Hotel Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Managed By Sofitel, French Polynesia
09:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Address
Edouard Fritch, Chair of OCTA and President of French Polynesia
10:10 – 10:25 OCTA Political Resolution
Edouard Fritch, Chair of OCTA and President of French Polynesia
10:25 – 10:45 Keynote Speech
Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:55 Statements by the:
  • French Republic: Annick Girardin, Minister for Overseas
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands: Mira Woldberg, Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
  • Kingdom of Denmark: Maja Sofie Burgaard, Senior Advisor Greenlandic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • United Kingdom: Ian Ascough, Deputy Director for EU Exit in the Overseas Territories Directorate at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
11:55 – 12:05 Statements by:
  • Linda McAvan, Member and Chair of the Committee on Development, European Parliament
12:05 – 12:30 Official Photo
12:30 – 13:00 Signing Ceremony of the 11th EDF Programmes
OCT Thematic, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 17:00 The OCT-EU Future Partnership
  • Introduction by the European Commission on: current OCT-EU Partnership, main points from Thursday workshop on Regional Cooperation, overview of the proposed future Association Decision and of the post-Cotonou perspectives.
  • Intervention by a representative on behalf of British OCTs
  • Intervention by a representative on behalf of Danish OCT/Greenland
  • Intervention by a representative on behalf of Dutch OCTs
  • Intervention by a representative on behalf of French OCTs
  • Coffee break
  • Open floor for additional interventions by OCTs and participants
17:00 – 17:15 Closing of the Forum, including the distribution of the Conclusions of the Forum Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Eugene Rhuggenaath, Prime Minister of Curacao, incoming OCTA chair (TBC) (video intervention) Zita Jesus-Leito, Minister of Curacao in charge of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning
19:30 – 21:30 Forum Gala Dinner offered by EU
Venue : Le Carré Restaurant, Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort Managed By Sofitel, Tahiti