An Eminent Person’s Committee preparing for the Japan-Pacific Islands PALM 6 conference in Okinawa next year has recommended Japan’s current level of Overseas Development Assistance to the Pacific be maintained.
In recommendations published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Japan, the Committee also stresses the need for discussions on Japan’s maritime diplomacy, consideratioon of United States’ participation in PALM, and the need to share lessons from the Japan earthquake and tsunami of this year.
The Committee says it is essential Japan’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister visits Pacific Island countries regularly. The last visits were in 1985 and 1987 respectively. It says it’s important to maintain dialogue with Fiji as it moves towards general elections, and that Japan should look at new ODA initiatives in areas such as renewable energy in the Pacific region.
PALM is held every three years. Cook Islands will co-chair next year’s meeting with Japan.