AUSTRALIA’S MARLES VISITS MARSHALLS, VOWS ASSISTANCE

News Release Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs Canberra, Australia Feb. 5, 2011

AUSTRALIA’S MARLES VISITS MARSHALLS, VOWS ASSISTANCE

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles has visited Majuro, capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), where he met senior political leaders.

Discussions focused on Australia's Partnership for Development with RMI, signed in August 2010 at the Pacific Island Forum. This Partnership is assisting climate change adaptation in Marshall Islands by improving access to sustainable energy, clean water and sanitation.

"Australia is committed to assisting our neighbors and friends in the region who are amongst the most vulnerable and least responsible for climate change," Mr. Marles said.

Mr. Marles visited the Secretariat of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which has a mandate to improve the commercial management of migratory fish stocks in the North and Western Pacific.

"We had a very good discussion on how Pacific countries can work more closely together to maximise the economic benefits from regional fisheries."

Mr. Marles discussed with local non-governmental Organizations their plans to train Marshallese women, with Australian support, as traditional 'Jacki-Ed' weavers so that they can generate a sustainable income.

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