TAIWAN ASSISTANCE FOR FORUM SECRETARIAT AND PACIFIC ISLANDS

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SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT April 4, 2000

REGION PROJECTS

Taiwan has provided US$ 110,000 to the Forum Secretariat towards the Smaller Islands States Development Fund as well as information technology equipment for the Secretariat.

The Representative of the Trade Mission for Taiwan/ROC in Fiji, Mr. C.K. Ning, handed over the assistance to the Secretary General of the South Pacific Forum Secretariat, Mr. Noel Levi, CBE, during a brief ceremony at the Secretariat headquarters in Suva, Fiji.

Further funding of US$ 90,000 for the Forum Secretariat will be committed later this year to help fund a food processing workshop and a trade investment mission by Forum Island Countries to Taiwan.

The assistance was part of a regional package that was pledged during the Seventh Taiwan/Republic of China-Forum Countries Dialogue held in Koror, Republic of Palau last October.

Taiwan had agreed to fund 27 regional projects submitted by regional organizations for implementation in 2000, amounting to US$ 1,028,454, a 40 percent increase over 1999 figures. This does not include Taiwan's bilateral assistance.

In addition, Taiwan also agreed to provide a new Scholarship Scheme for Forum Island Countries worth US$ 500,000 annually, to begin some time in 2000, taking its regional assistance to more than US$ 1.5 million for the year.

"We remain grateful for the assistance we continue to receive from Taiwan and our other development partners. This will be of great benefit to our member states as they seek to further their development goals," Mr. Levi said.

The full list of Taiwan-funded projects through regional organizations this year is as follows (US$):

FORUM FISHERIES AGENCY 1. Market Information Study $31,560 2. Printer Acquisition $4,400 3. Feasibility Study - Staff Housing Complex $5,500 4. Capital Equipment Replacement $58,300

FORUM SECRETARIAT 1. Sub-Regional Workshop on Food Processing $38,000 2. Forum Island Countries Investment Promotion $52,000 Mission to Taiwan/Republic of China 3. Smaller Island States Development Fund $90,000 4. Information Technology Equipment $20,000

SOUTH PACIFIC APPLIED GEOSCIENCE COMMISSION 1. Strengthening National Policy Framework to Support Sustainable Development of non-living resources in PICs $25,000 2. Ocean Research Co-ordination Project for Pacific Small Island Developing States $100,000

SECRETARIAT FOR THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY 1. South Pacific Albacore Stock Assessment $50,000 2. Simulation Analysis of MULTIFAN-CL $20,000 3. Regional Course on Vessel Operation Management and Electronic Aids $40,000 4. Site Survey Training for Seaweed Farming $35,000 5. 8th Festival of Pacific Arts $58,040 6. Training Course on Intellectual Property Legislation for Lawyers - Phase Three $27,854 7. Non-Communicable Diseases Small Grant Scheme $50,000 8. Pacific Nutrition Training Grants Scheme $20,000 9. Public Health Surveillance Training Workshop $44,800 10. Small Grants for Study Tours and Technical Cooperation $48,000

UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 1. USP Net Video Equipment Project $60,000

TOURISM COUNCIL OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC 1. Calendar of Events Brochure $10,000 2. Promotional Video $30,000 3. Events Workshops $10,000 4. Research on Potential of the Taiwanese Tourism Market for Pacific Islands $20,000 5. Tourism Management Information $30,000

Total funding for regional organizations in 2000: US$ 1,028,454

Forum Secretariat, Suva April 4, 2000

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

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