We will travel to Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands from 3 to 7 June for a bipartisan visit with our portfolio counterparts, Senator the Hon Penny Wong and Senator Claire Moore.
Our visit is a further demonstration of Australia’s longstanding and enduring commitment to the Pacific, as set out in the Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper and recognised by our recent $1.3 billion Pacific aid budget in 2018-19 — Australia’s largest ever contribution.
During our visit, we will sign aid partnerships with Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, and discuss the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus free trade deal.
In Palau, we will meet President Tommy Remengesau and senior Ministers to discuss the environment and opportunities for greater cooperation. We will also meet female members of Palau’s Congress and announce Australia’s role in implementing the Palau Pledge, an innovative eco-tourism initiative.
In the Federated States of Micronesia, we will hold talks with President Peter Christian and visit the country’s Australian-funded Pacific Patrol Boat unit to see how our cooperation assists the region to secure its valuable maritime resources.
In the Marshall Islands, we will meet President Dr Hilde Heine to discuss cooperation on education, security and development matters. We will also visit the United States military base on Kwajalein Atoll and the Australian-funded drinking water plant on Ebeye Island.
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