Cook Islands is set to receive some coronavirus related financial support from the European Union.
The EU this week announced it will mobilise and redirect $214 million (€119 million) to respond to the pandemic in the Pacific. Fifteen partner Pacific Islands countries and four European Overseas Countries and Territories will benefit from this support.
The EU action will focus on strengthening partner countries’ health, water and sanitation systems and their research and preparedness capacities to deal with the pandemic, as well as mitigating its socioeconomic impact. A detailed support programme for the Pacific will be announced in the coming days.
Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown said the Cook Islands looks forward to more detail on the roll out, but welcomed the news that this will be aimed at mitigating social-economic impacts amongst its targeted areas.
“This was a great initiative from the EU and I’m sure the Pacific welcomes the support to our region,” he said.
Sujiro Seam, the EU Ambassador for the Pacific, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest global challenge of our time. The EU recognises that it requires a global response, based on international cooperation and partnership.
“The EU will work with the countries and territories concerned, the international and regional organisations and other development partners to optimise this assistance.”