Articles: Japan Pledges Assistance to Marshall Islands, Pacific Forum Nations
PLEDGE: Japan Prime Minister Taro Aso announced the financial assistance, an increase of more than 10 percent from its pledge announced three years ago, at the closing of the fifth Pacific Leaders Meeting in northern Japan."Pacific leaders are worried about rising sea levels," Aso told a news conference. "Hearing concerns of Pacific island leaders was very persuasive. "Japan wants to use its "leading edge technology" to help Pacific island nations facing rising sea levels from global warming," the premier said. "Climate change is a life and death issue," said Aso's spokesman Kazuo Kodama. "It's about the survival of island countries. There was a strong sense of crisis by all speakers."
PACiFIC TRADE CENTER: The Pacific Islands Centre was established to help Pacific Islands achieve economic development through the promotion of trade, tourism and investment between Japan and the Pacific.Under an agreement signed between Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Pacific Island Countries is dedicated to promoting exports from islands to Japan. It promotes investment from Japan to Pacific Islands, assists in cost effective importation from Japan and helps to revive tourist traffic to the islands from Japan.The PIC caters for both private and government sector in the islands and Japan.
VIVA PACIFIC: The exhibition was attended by some members of the Pacific Island Leaders including the Chair of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, Hon Tuiloma Slade, who said in his opening address that the Pacific Forum was delighted to be a part of the trade exhibition, which showcased products from the Pacific to the Japanese market.He said this underpinned the very strong relations between the Pacific Forum Island countries and Japan in relation to the development and promotion of trade, investment and economic growth in the region."Therefore the Pacific as a region stands today to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the markets to trade in goods and services.
ECO-FRIENDLY : THE Fifth Pacific Alliance Leaders Meeting "PALM 5" was opened yesterday Friday, May 22 at the Tomamu Alpha Ski Resort in Hokkaido, Japan, and deliberated under the theme "We are islanders - towards an eco friendly and rich Pacific".Attended by leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum the two day meeting will discuss the main objectives creating a Pacific environmental community, rich in overcoming vulnerabilities and promoting human security as well as strengthening people-to-people exchange.
WATER AND SANITATION: Attended by leaders from 10 Pacific Islands Forum countries including Tongan Prime Minister Hon Dr Feleti Sevele the roundtable followed up on the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit held in 2007 in Beppu, Japan, which recognized the people's right to safe drinking water and basic sanitation as a basic human right and a fundamental aspect of human security.And it also called to reduce half of the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water by 2015.
CALL FOR AID: The Marshall Islands ability to provided drinking water and adequate sanitation is “constrained by lack of money, skills and transfer of technology,” Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing said. A new study of Majuro, the capital, showed that 30 percent of the estimated 30,000 people in the urban center have no direct access to fresh water or sanitation facilities. Tomeing and the other leaders recognized Japan for its lead role in funding improvements in the islands.A key issue in most islands is developing adequate reservoir space.“The Japanese government is the largest donor in the water and sanitation area and I hope this continues,” said former Japanese PM Mori. The water talks Wednesday were a kick-off for the official opening of the fifth PALM summit that is being held in Hokkaido from Friday to Sunday.