PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT
Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
TUVALU BENEFITING FROM ACP FINANCING
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (February 14, 2000 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---Six more Pacific Island countries -- the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue and Palau -- last week applied to join the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping.
Tuvalu, however, has been a member of the group since 1984.
Tuvalu has benefited from ACP through financial assistance toward development of schools, environmental programs, and infrastructure improvements, said Government Secretary Sau Fatu Sopoanga.
The European Union has financed up to $1.9 million (EUR) for development, such as upgrading airport facilities in Funafuti, he said.
Meanwhile, Tuvalu’s application to become a member of the United Nations is still before the Security Council pending approval from the General Assembly.
China is opposed to Tuvalu’s application.
"The Security Council has no problems with it, except Mainland China doesn’t want to participate in endorsing the application," Sopoanga said.
A Security Council vote on Tuvalu’s admittance to the world body is expected later this week.
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