Earlier this week, the Development Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management met with First Secretary Mr. Reki Kataoka from the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand. Mr. Kataoka was in country to assess applications submitted to Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) fund.
Japan and the Cook Islands established diplomatic relationships in 2011. The funding relationship the Cook Islands has with Japan is through Japan’s community grant assistance, human resource capability building programmes, and technical assistance to the Cook Islands. Since 2011, the Government of Japan has provided NZ$1.5M in community grant assistance. About 5% of the Cook Islands ODA budget is from the Japan Government for the period 2015-18.