Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

USAID to increase presence in Palau, other Pacific island nations

The United States Department of State (DOS) has announced recently that United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will expand its staff presence in Palau and other Pacific island nations.

In a press statement on August 17, the DOS said that under the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the US will allocate $36.5 million in new assistance to the region to reinforce the “steadfast commitment…and deepening collaboration with Pacific Island countries.

The DOS said that USAID will also enhance staff presence in island nations such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help boost their security, economic growth, and good governance, among others.

“The United States has long been committed to Pacific friends and neighbors in promoting a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.  The United States is committed to the Pacific Islands’ future security and prosperity,” the statement reads.

USAID is an agency that administers US development assistance to foreign countries. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)