Found this article this AM on Pacific Islands Report:

Organization’s largest allocation in region

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 16, 2010) – The European Union will inject US$32 million into solar power for remote islands in the north Pacific and regional fisheries programmes over the next four years following the signing of agreements.

The EU’s Ambassador to the Pacific, Wiepke van der Goot, joined Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and officials from to sign grant documents in Pohnpei in Federated State of Micronesia.

Mr van der Goot says it’s the single largest financial commitment ever made by the EU in [this region].

He says the aim of the Northern Pacific Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program is to improve the overall efficiency of the energy sector through energy efficiency and grid-connected renewable energy.

He also says there are hopes it will increase access for remote populations to affordable and reliable renewable electricity services.

The second agreement inked by the EU and SPC will provide US$11.7 million for scientific research and management of fisheries in the region, both oceanic and coastal.

A total of $43.7 million in grants to the FSM for solar energy to the outer islands and fisheries research and management.

Would it be fair to attribute this good news to the efforts of the Mori administration to seek grant funding from sources other than the US?


  • On re-reading the article, I may have been confused by its language. The headline says $32 million to solar and fisheries. At the end of the article, it says a second grant for $11.7 million was signed for fisheries research and management.

    There are two possible interpretations. First, that $32 million was awarded for solar, and 11.7 million was awarded for fisheries. The second interpretation is that the article left out the award amount for solar, which was $20.3 million, making the total for solar and fisheries the $32 million referred to in the headline. Perhaps FSMPIO could solve this ambiguity with accurate information on these grants.

    Either way, it is a great day for the outer islands of the FSM and for fisheries management within the Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • FSM needs to built itself a big Fisheries business that will grow and last for long.
  • Good news indeed. Let's see how our gov't implements these funds.
  • Saram,

    The Mori administration comes in just in time for harvest. The others preceeding him should be congradulated for this.
  • ajipa,

    Are you saying the current admin. has no impact on how these funds were secured? So, let's see- prior administration(s) sought additional funds from the European Union years back and these funds were only made available this year because???? What a ludicrous comment to make..
  • When we start a fire to cook food with the expectation or a goal in mind that it would be strong enough to cause the food eatable, the same principle applies.

    Along the way, the fire could possibly be extinguished if we didn't feed in enough fire-wood to sustain. The present administration is able to maintain the fire or make it stronger to produce chewable results for us to digest. The fire first started during previous administrations that we are now able to prepare the food and put it on the table. The good thing is, the present administration has taken the matter more aggresively and strategically that we are able to realize good results. The $43.7m is amazing enough to be praised for. Isn't it? Good job Manny and your team!

    The question is, are we really able to make it a reality to bear the fruits we desire? Are we able to maintain it sustainably? Stirct policy should be enacted and enforced appropriately and concurrently.

    That is my take on this.
  • Thank you SBOC for the fine work!
  • Thank you SBOC for the fine work!
  • thank you Tuputa for the firewood..

    no comments, greeaaatt day isnt....
  • nice to hear that
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