Development News

Development News

Japan Grassroots Fund Benefits the Community

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.

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Media Release - Thoughts in the lead up to the 2015 Development Partners meeting

Media Release – Tuesday 27th January 2015

Hon. Mark Brown, Minister of Finance

Thoughts in the lead up to the 2015 Development Partners meeting

As the first of the major international meetings marking 50 years of self-government for the Cook Islands is about to get underway next month, the Minister of Finance – Mark Brown – says he has found it remarkable to look back at the development that has occurred and the changes that have taken place in his life time.

On the 9th of next month through to the 12th, the fifth Development Partner's meeting will be held here, and about 35 visitors representing the 20 or so donor countries, development banks and other bodies who help us with our development, will be here to mark our 50 years.

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Development Awards Launched

The Minister of Finance – Mark Brown – is calling for nominations for a series of special awards to celebrate 50 years of development next year.

The winners of the awards will be announced at an awards dinner with the country’s Development Partners during the Development Partners Meeting in February next year.

The awards and the Development Partners meeting will be one of the many special events taking place next year to celebrate half a century of self-government in the Cook Islands.

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