On March 17 (local time on the same day), in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, our Japanese Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands Kazunari Tanaka and his partner, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Casten Ned Nemura (Chinese. Casten Ned NEMRA, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of the Marshall Islands) and exchanged the following three letters regarding Grant-in-aid for Grants (totaling 1.1 billion yen).
- A summary of each target item is as follows.
- (1) Infrastructure construction support (economic and social development plan) (subsidy amount: 500 million yen)
Marshall is an island country composed of 29 atolls and a large number of large and small islands. The land spans a vast sea, and the infrastructure construction of remote islands is slow, causing delays in the transportation of goods and other problems. In this cooperation, the Marshall government will obtain basic infrastructure development equipment (dump trucks, excavators, wheel loaders, etc.) to strengthen the country’s economic growth foundation, thereby stabilizing the country’s society, and is expected to contribute to the economy and society. Contribute to development.
- (2) Waste disposal support (economic and social development plan) (donation amount: 300 million yen)
Marshall’s limited land availability hinders waste disposal and has been pointed out as the progress of seawater pollution from the waste disposal site, adversely affecting residents’ health and the environment. I am anxious. This collaboration aims to stabilize the country through social stability by improving the country’s social service delivery system by supplying the Marshall government with equipment related to waste disposal (garbage trucks, scrap metal compressors, etc.). It is expected to contribute to the economy. and social development.
- (3) Support for stable power supply (economic and social development plan) (subsidy amount: 300 million yen)
In Marshall, much of the electricity supply relies on diesel generation and imported fuels, but the land is uniquely cramped and isolated in a vast ocean away from overseas markets. Costs have also increased, and fuel prices have risen, making it vulnerable to energy security. The cooperation is expected to contribute to the country’s economic and social development through social stability by providing fuel for power generation and helping the Marshall government stabilize the country’s electricity supply.
- At the ninth Pacific Island Leaders’ Meeting held on July 2 last year, Japan announced priority areas of support including “strengthening the foundation for sustainable and resilient economic development” via video conference. this statement.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has an area of about 180 square kilometers (almost the same as Xiapu), a population of about 59,000 (2020, World Bank), and a per capita gross national income (GNI) of US$4,940 (2020, World Bank).
The 9th Pacific Islands Summit (July 2, 2021) co-chaired by Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Prime Minister Tubal was held by video conferenceNinth Pacific Island Leaders Meeting: PALM9) in Japan, 14 island nations (Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall, Micronesia, Naul, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon, Tonga, Vanuatu) , Australia, New Zealand, New Zealand leaders from 19 countries in two regions, Caledonia and French Polynesia. Acting President Christopher J. Roark joined from Marshall.
In PALM9, Japan will (1) respond to and recover from COVID-19, (2) sustainable oceans based on the rule of law, (3) climate change and disaster prevention, and (4) a “Pacific Bonding Policy.” Five priority areas: Consolidate the foundation for sustained and strong economic development; (5) Talent exchange and human resource development. In the next three years, we will continue to carry out solid development cooperation and provide human resource exchange and human resource development for more than 5,500 people. It has been announced that it will be implemented.