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Belt and Road Initiative 

The Government of the Cook Islands and the Government of the People’s Republic of China sign the Belt and Road Initiative Memorandum of Understanding in which both countries agree to promote between themselves policy coordination, facilitate connectivity, trade, financial cooperation and people to people relations

Belt and Road Memorandum of Understanding  

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Press Release: United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultations

United Nations Pacific Strategy Consultations, Rarotonga

A good turnout of over 100 participants actively participated in a two half day consultations for the United Nations (UN) Pacific Strategy consultation in Rarotonga.  The first day session on Monday, October 10th was targeted at public sector agencies with current and past experiences in access and implementation of UN programmes/projects. A separate session held on October 11th was for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). 

The opening and closing workshop sessions were a team effort by the Cook Islands Government representative, Ms Elizabeth Wright-Koteka & UN Resident Coordinator Ms Lizbeth Cullity. In setting the scene for both workshops, the Office of the Prime Minister presented highlights of the Cook Islands development priorities and the alignment of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Goals.  The UN also provided an overview of key results for the current 2013-17 UN Assistance Framework cycle specific to the Pacific with the Ministry of Finance & Economic Management (MFEM) presentation on the status with key lessons learned in the implementation of Cook Islands UN Programmes for the same period

The main recommendations from this workshop are: partnerships to be strengthened between the relevant United Nations Agencies and the Cook Islands in collaboration with relevant sector CSOs. The goal of improving coordination began with the recent recruitment of the UN Coordination Officer Patricia Tuara. Pat is based in the Development Coordination Division of MFEM. As UN focal point she will ensure timely information sharing and improved communication between the UN, Cook Island networks and relevant parties across the board. This will result in constructive engagement and commitment to sustainable development.

The Office of the Prime Minister, Development Coordination Division-MFEM and visiting UN delegation would like to thank all who attended this workshop for their valuable time and constructive feedback. 

The 12 person visiting UN team will incorporate feedback from these consultations in a report for review by stakeholders (led by 12 person visiting UN team). The findings in the final report will contribute to the 2018-2022 UN Pacific Strategy formulation at the UN November meeting in Fiji.


2017 Call for Applicants - Pacific Fund (Republic of France)

The French Permanent Secretariat for the Pacific has launched a call for applicants for projects eligible for support in 2017 under the "Fund for economic, social, and cultural cooperation in the Pacific", commonly known as the "Pacific Fund". 

Established in 1985 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Pacific Fund contributes to the regional intergration of the French territories: Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia.

The Pacific Fund allocates on average EUR 30,000 

Please note:

  • Local groups interested must be partnered with a group/organisation(s) from the French territories
  • Projects must be jointly financed for up to 50% of the total sum of eligible expenses.
  • Applications must be written in French

Project must also fall under the following categories:

  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management
  • Economic and industrial projects
  • Health Security
  • Food Security

To lodge your application or to request further information, contact Sarah Guejdi on 

2016/2017 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grant Round now Open

Australia's 2016/2017 DAP Grant Round now Open

The Australian High Commission in Wellington is now accepting applications for the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grants Round

The Australian Government's DAP is a flexible small grant programme supporting small-scale development projects and activities.

Applications are open to non-government organisations and government agencies for projects up to NZD $10K

The application deadline is Friday, 15th October 2016 (CKI Time)

Applications can be directed to Ms. Emma Chattington, Protocal and Visits Officer, Australiana High Commission (

Download the application form and guideline below:

Direct Aid Program 2016/2017 - Cook Islands: Application Form and Guidelines