U.S. Injects $20 Million Into Pacific Politics

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Twelve Pacific nations will benefit from a $19.8 million investment from USAID to improve governance throughout the region.

The program — Promoting Just, Engaged, Civic-minded and Transparent (PROJECT) Governance — is aimed at ensuring Pacific nations are able to develop human rights and good governance in a culturally-appropriate manner.

The five-year project was formally launched on Monday, during a virtual meeting between the Pacific Community, USAID, and regional leaders including Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo and Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, who welcomed the cash injection to boost their countries’ governance capabilities.

“Not withstanding our young democracies’ human rights and good governance records, further efforts must be made to support and strengthen them to ensure that we continue,” said Fiame.

Even though Samoa’s months-long constitutional conflict would surely “be…

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