Development News

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  

Development News

Request for Tender - Manihiki Lagoon Clean-up Project

Request for Tender for the Provision of Contractor Services to the Manihiki Lagoon Clean-Up Project

Tender Reference No.: 161703

The Development Co-ordination Division (DCD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM), the Ministry of Marine Resources and the New Zealand Aid Programme seek suitably qualified groups or companies to submit a tender for the provision of Contractor services. The request for tender requires that the Contractor implement a lagoon clean-up programme in the Manihiki lagoon.

Hard copy tender documents can be obtained from the Development Coordination Division, MFEM, Level 3, Cook Islands Government Building, Avarua. Electronic copies of the tender documents are available from the Tender Manager. 

For any enquiries please contact: Tender Manager, Mr. Raymond Newnham

Email:; Ph: +682 22317 or +682 54317.

Tenders Close: 1pm Wednesday 7 September, 2016 (Cook Islands Time). 

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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