Indian government announces $12 million for 12 Pacific Island small states 

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New York Published: Sep 25, 2019, 04:21 PM(IST)

File photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Photograph:( AFP )

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"I am happy to meet pacific small island countries. We are partners in developments. Through this meeting we will focus on increasing cooperation" PM Modi said.

Reaching out to the Pacific nation, India has announced $12 million grant towards the implementation of development projects in areas of their choice. This stands at $1 million for each of the 12 nations of the pacific ocean. 

This was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with leaders of 12 Pacific Island countries -- Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, The Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu as part India-Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) Leaders’ Meeting on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"I am happy to meet pacific small island countries. We are partners in developments. Through this meeting we will focus on increasing cooperation" PM Modi said.

As part of India's global climate action programmes, concessional Line of Credit of US$150 Million can now be availed by the Pacific Island countries for undertaking solar, renewable energy and climate-related projects. Many of the Pacific Island countries have joined New Delhi lead International Solar Alliance.

New Delhi has also offered to organise a Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in a Pacific regional hub under ‘India for Humanity’ programme. 

India's outreach to pacific island countries come as part of its act east and Indopacific outreach polices. This led to the establishment of India–Pacific Island Cooperation (FIPIC) forum. The first and second editions of FIPIC took place in Fiji (2015) and Jaipur (2016) and 3rd will take place in Port Moresby in the first half of 2020.  

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