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Pacific-LEADS Scholarship - 2nd Batch Intake OPEN

Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific – LEADS)

3rd Batch Intake starting August 2018-March 2020

In May 2015, Government of Japan announced the launch of a scholarship program entitled the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-LEADS) emphasizing the importance of fostering upcoming generations, who will play key roles in the further of Pacific Island Countries. This program aims to provide opportunities of study for government officials and other key personnel who have the expertise necessary to solve the development challenges faced by Pacific Island Countries, as well as to foster pro-Japanese and Japan experts who can contribute to improving the relationships between our country and Japan.

From 2016-2018, 33-34 participants from 14 Pacific Island Countries will be selected annually.

The 3nd Batch intake is open for participants, with studies commencing August 2018.

Main target participants are government officials/civil servants, though persons from the private sector and educators will also be considered.

The successful participants will study in Japan for a maximum period of 2 and half years:

  • 6 months as a research student
  • 1 or 2 years as a Master’s student
  • About 2 weeks internship to a public or private entities in Japan during summer break

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Citizen of the Cook Islands
  • Between 22 and 39 years (as of April 1st, 2018) – applicants up to 43 years will be considered
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Download the Forms belows:

All applications are due in to OPSC by Friday 14th October, 2016


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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