Mark Brown after the Smaller Island State (SIS) Leaders meeting on Monday. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23110666
Prime Minister Mark Brown, the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFS), yesterday announced financial contributions from the governments of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and China to support the priorities of the Smaller Island States.
Rosso, Deputy Prime Minister of PNG, met with Brown and handed over a cheque for
$5 million kina (NZ$2.26m).
its large landmass and population, our brethren from the west are well placed
to be an economic hub for our region to capture greater benefits from the
processing of the Pacific’s vast sea resources,” Brown said.
the commitment made when Dame Meg Taylor became Secretary General of PIFS in
2014, I was also grateful to receive from DPM Rosso a cheque honouring their
commitment to support the Smaller Islands States office in the amount of $5
Brown also welcomed the financial contributions that have been made for a
number of years from the Republic of China, which some of the member countries
have diplomatic relations with.
is a demonstration of the commitment from our larger forum members and
continuing to recognise the special circumstances of the small island group,” Brown
said. “And we extend our sincere appreciation to Prime Minister Marape of PNG
and the government and people of PNG for their contribution to the Smaller Island
States’ Development Fund.”
amount contributed by China was not revealed.
who chaired the SIS Leaders Meeting yesterday, said the member countries have
also shown their support for the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent
and addressed their priorities within its implementation plan.
said they had a “fantastic meeting” where all leaders were present and they
demonstrated the importance of the group reaffirming their role, in particular
the strategic importance of Smaller Island States, within the Forum family.
agreed to undertake a review of Small Island States within our form of
architecture,” Brown said. “This decision is significant for us. We must be
able to identify the pathways for our group with small island states to be able
to influence not just within our region, but also to be able to have our voice
amplified on the international stage as well.”
said that they looked forward to top international agencies recognising the
special identity of small island states and their development partners mobilising
resources to support some of the areas that challenged them.
when I say small island states, these are not small in terms of the size of the
islands. These are small in terms of population, in terms of GDP.
of these small island states are actually very large oceanic nations, but those
size constraints have the impact of making it much more difficult for small
economy countries to be able to get the investment needed for capital
infrastructure investment to be able to obtain the financing in terms of debt
levels because of their small economies.