Committees pursue common Interests

Tambua and Garry Juffa, Oro Governor and Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reform and Service Delivery, have pledged to work together.

He thanked outgoing chairman, John Pundari for his efforts to keep the committee active since 2017.

In a joint press statement, both parties highlighted common interests in their committees’ respective missions and outlined their collaboration as follows:

Partnerships strengthened to support Pacific health sector responses to COVID-19

This follows the new Financing Agreement the EU and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) signed, to repurpose funding to support the Pacific’s response to COVID-19.

Exchange of maritime boundaries data to boost fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance in region

This milestone also represents the achievement of a key outcome under the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme to reduce Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing through enhanced Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) of oceanic and coastal fisheries. It comes at an opportune time with the global focus of World Oceans Day on 8 June being “Innovation for a sustainable ocean. Together we can protect our home.”

Palau state representatives trained on initial damage assessment post disaster

The development of the Initial Damage Assessment form and training is funded by the European Union’s Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community or SPC.

The training, facilitated by SPC’s Geoscience Division, adopts training materials that have been delivered across the Pacific since 1995 and incorporate the latest thinking in disaster risk management.