Image: Documentary Director Marco Venditti speaking during the launching at Lamana Hotel in Port Moresby.
By Michelle Steven – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Over the week the European Union to Papua New Guinea in cooperation with the PNG Department of Monitoring and Planning launched a documentary titled; EU-PNG 40 Years of Partnership.
The documentary highlights some of the most important projects and initiatives developed by the European Union in Papua New Guinea.
In 2017 when the European Union and PNG celebrated their 40 years of partnership, the delegations decided to commission a documentary to celebrate this event. EMTV’s multimedia agency, EMTEK Media took two years to finalise this documentary.
Speaking at the launching of the documentary, Media Niugini Limited Acting CEO, Sheena Hughes said that the documentary delivers some strong messages as it touches on some really crucial moments in the history of the relationship the European Union and PNG have and that
She said that the documentary produced also portrays the importance of international cooperation.
Present at the launch was the European Union Ambassador to PNG Ioannis Giogkarakis Argyropoulos who said meeting the criteria of the film was very challenging because of the lack of records and necessary data.
As the two partners enter their next level of cooperation in 2020, which also marks the end of the Cotonou agreement which is the treaty that was signed between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (“ACP countries”) that aims at reducing and the eventual eradication of poverty while contributing to sustainable development, the timing of the documentary seemed right to reflect on some of the achievements and challenges faced in the past while keeping an eye on the future.