Application Procedure for the Pacific Fund

Status: a support fund of around 4 million euros per year, launched by the French ministry of Foreign Affairs and administrated by the French Agency for Development (A.F.D), Noumea branch

Purpose: to support projects in the field of social, economic or cultural development

Philosophy: 1) to create or develop links between French territories and other Countries in the South Pacific, 2) to reconcile durable cooperation, economically useful for the development of the Pacific region

Constraints: the Fund prioritises cooperation projects associating 1) one ore more French territories in the region (New Caledonia, Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna) with any State of the Pacific, 2) one or more public or private donors.

Preparation: to be eligible, any project must have a clear description and a balanced budget, taking the philosophy of the Funds into account as well as its constraints. No specific application is required. The projects must be written into French or English.

Presentation: any project regarding Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru have to be submitted to the French Embassy in Suva; for Vanuatu, the French Embassy in Port Vila; for Salomon and P.N.G, the French Embassy in Port Moresby; for Micronesia and F.S.M., the French Embassy in Manila; for Samoa, the French Embassy in Wellington.

Deadlines: January 20 every year

Selection: by an expert committee meeting in Paris, chaired by the President of the New Caledonian government from 2006 to 2007 and the Authorities from Wallis and Futuna from 2008 to 2009. The Results are given at the end of March and October every year.

Payment: when a project is selected, the administrative proceedings are dealt with by A.F.D. in Noumea and the relevant French Embassy. Payment takes around 4 months. A written certificate of bank account details by the bank is needed.

To be remembered: the Pacific Fund is flexible and can support 2 or 3 year-long projects; BUT its management is administrative and this may take time.

Some relevant statistics: from 1996, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru have benefited from the Pacific fund (3, 75 millions euro, i.e. 326 000 euros a year). So far around 80 % of development projects have been received and 8% for scientific or research projects Science and research can benefit a lot more: it just depends on the quality of new projects to be submitted.

For more information: contact Denis DECRAENE at the French embassy: tel.: 331 05 26, mail: denis.decraene@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Published on 22/02/2011

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