PM Sogavare welcomes Japan’s pledge

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has joined other Pacific Islands leaders attending the   71st   United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in welcoming Japan’s pledge of a US$540-Million development cooperation funding for the Pacific region through the International Finance Cooperation of the World Bank for the period of 2015 to 2017.

Pacific Island leaders including Prime Minister Sogavare welcomed the multi-million dollar development cooperation pledge by Tokyo at the Japan-Pacific Allies Meeting (PALM) convened in New York Wednesday at the sideline of the 71st UNGA.

The PALM meeting was convened by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe for the discussion of bilateral issues between Japan and its Pacific ally countries including Solomon Islands.

In his presentation at the meeting, Prime Minister Sogavare said Solomon Islands is profoundly grateful for the significant development cooperation pledge by the Government of Japan and he was so delighted to join other leaders of the Pacific in welcoming it.

He also thanked the Japanese Government for its technical cooperation with the pacific region on solid waste management, which he said has catalysed positive developments in Solomon Islands and the wider Pacific region.

Prime Minister Sogavare said he is aware that the second phase of this project is soon to be launched and looks forward to continue working with Japan for the successful implementation of this next phase.

Other issues the Prime Minister touched on in his presentation include climate change, Montreal Protocol, Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing in the Pacific, 2017 Ocean and Sea Conference, Japan’s Candidacies on Committee on the Rights of the Child, Postal Operations Council, International Civil Aviation Organisation and the 2017 Asia-Pacific United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) seats.

On Climate Change, Prime Minister Sogavare said Solomon Islands also joins other Pacific leaders in attendance at the Japan-Pacific Allies Meeting in New York to encourage Japan to sign and ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

On the issue of Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Prime Minister Sogavare said he also joins the other Pacific leaders in looking forward for Japan’s support for the amendment of this protocol to phase down the use of Hydrofluorocarbon (HFCs).

The Montreal Protocol is a landmark international treaty designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. It was originally signed in 1987 and substantially amended in 1990 and 1992. The Montreal Protocol stipulates that the production and consumption of compounds   that   deplete   ozone   in   the   stratosphere-chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform-are to be phased out by 2000 and 2005 for methyl chloroform.

As for Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing, Prime Minister Sogavare said this issue remains a concern for Solomon Islands and the Pacific and Solomon Islands hopes to work with Japan in combating it.

On Japan’s candidacy for membership of the various international organisations, Prime Minister Sogavare assured the Japanese Government of Solomon Islands support.

On Japan’s 2017 Asia-Pacific ECOSOC seat, he said he has noted that both Solomon Islands and Japan are candidates and expressed hope that they would work together should they be elected.

Source: PM Press Secretariat Office