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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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VACANCY: CIIC Chief Executive Officer


The Board of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is seeking a qualified and experienced individual to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO is responsible to the Board for the management of the CIIC.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation is a statutory Corporation of the Cook Islands Government and manages Crown assets and SOEs on behalf of the Crown. The CIIC administers the Cook Islands Government Property Corporation and oversees Te Aponga Uira, the Airport Authority, the Bank of the Cook Islands and the Ports Authority. Further information on the functions and responsibilities of the CIIC may be accessed on its website,

The Board is seeking a person who has at least 15 years senior management experience with a background in financial management, project management and policy development.

The individual must have:

  • strong strategic focus with demonstrated achievements in developing and implementing strategy
  • excellent leadership and team building skills with an emphasis on building capacity within an organization and managing performance levels.
  • an ability to work in a flexible manner to support the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Corporation
  • experience in leading organisation in an environment of change
  • the personal skills to maintain good working relationships with all the key stakeholders.

A full job description for the position is available below:

Any other enquiries should be directed to Raymond Newnham at

The remuneration package offered will depend on skills and experience and relocation assistance is available.

Applications will close at 4 p.m. on 2 October 2017 Cook Islands time and should be sent to Raymond at the e-mail above prior to then.

Applicants should provide a full CV including references and a covering letter outlining their strengths and weaknesses relative to the key responsibilities and competencies of the position. 

Pacific LEADS Scholarship - 3rd Batch Intake OPEN

Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific – LEADS)

3rd Batch Intake starting August 2018-March 2021

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:

Please note; the Application form must be typed, as hand written forms will not be accepted!

All applications are due in to OPSC by Friday 20th October, 2017

Press release: The Cook Islands leading the way in the region for access to the Green Climate Fund Readiness Support

CCCI Brilliant Resilient CKI

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and the Green Climate Fund National Designated Authority (NDA) Office of the Prime Minister are extremely pleased to announce that the Cook Islands Government have been approved approximately USD $700,000 from the Green Climate fund to carry out readiness activities for a period of 24 months.

The Cook Islands was the first country in the Pacific region and the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to receive readiness funding to strengthen capacity to access finance through GCF in March 2016.

The Cook Islands were granted readiness funding of USD $150,000 last year to carry out activities to strengthen the capacity of (NDA) OPM and MFEM. The readiness programme supported two local consultancy roles, the NDA consultant within the OPM and the Climate Change programme manager within the Development Coordination division of MFEM.

The Green Climate Fund provides early support for readiness and preparatory activities to enhance country ownership and access to the fund.

Readiness and preparatory support activities are not one-off measures, but part of an ongoing process to strengthen a country’s engagement with the Fund. GCF focuses its readiness support on particularly vulnerable countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and African States.

The Development Coordination Division of MFEM have been working tirelessly with the Climate Change Cook Islands division of OPM on this second readiness programme since September 2016 and were happy to receive confirmation that the second Readiness Project has now been approved by the GCF to continue to strengthen the NDA and MFEM, in developing strategic frameworks for engagement with the GCF, including the preparation of country programmes and progress towards Direct Access accreditation and programme development.

The process has been challenging however it has been a good opportunity to build capacity and familiarization with GCF processes. The activities under the second readiness programme will look to continue to build capacity and strengthen the NDA, strengthen national systems to assist the MFEM in becoming accredited to the Green Climate Fund and finally to develop Cook Islands develop a County Programme of climate change proposal ideas.

MFEM are also pleased to announce that a formal National Implementing Entity accreditation application has been submitted to the Green Climate Fund for consideration. Direct access to climate finance remains a high priority for the Government.

The Cook Islands Government wish to extend their greatest appreciation and gratitude to the Green Climate Fund secretariat for continuing to support the nation in our journey to become an accredited entity.

PHOTO: Participants from last years’ Brilliant Resilient Workshop on Climate and Disaster Risk Management Action