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Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) was established in 1979 with the signing of the FFA Convention by Pacific leaders.  At the time the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) secured for coastal states the sovereign right to manage the living resources within a 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Founding Members envisioned an agency with the mandate to strengthen national capacity and regional solidarity for the sustainable management, control and development of offshore fisheries.

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Pacific Community (SPC)

The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. It is an international development organisation owned and governed by its 26 country and territory members: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.

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Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP)

Based in the East-West Center, the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. PIDP began as a forum through which island leaders could discuss critical issues of development with a wide spectrum of interested countries, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Pacific Islands Forum. It was established in 1972 and is an international organisation. Its headquarters is located in Suva, Fiji. The Secretariat’s mandate is delivered through the annual Leaders’ Communiqués and high level ministerial meeting decisions. It is also mandated to coordinate the implementation of the Framework for Pacific Regionalism. 

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Pacific Power Association (PPA)

The PPA is an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island power utilities in technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and engineering expertise and other activities of benefit to the members. The PPA’s objective is to improve the quality of power in the region through a cooperative effort among the utilities, private sector and regional aid donors.

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Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

SPREP is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific. The head office is based in Apia, Samoa with about 100 staff. There is also a SPREP office in Fiji with four staff as well as SPREP Officers stationed in the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. SPREP has an annual budget of USD $15 million in 2017.

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South Pacific Tourism Organisation (STPO)

Established in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 18 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation has about 200 private sector members.

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The University of the South Pacific (USP)

The University of the South Pacific is the premier institution of higher learning for the Pacific region, uniquely placed in a region of extraordinary physical, social and economic diversity. Established in 1968, USP is one of only two universities of its type in the world. It is jointly owned by the governments of 12 member countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Samoa. The University has campuses in all member countries. The main campus, Laucala, is in Fiji. The Alafua Campus in Samoa is where the School of Agriculture and Food Technology is situated, and the Emalus Campus in Vanuatu is the location for the School of Law.

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Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA)

PITA is a non-profit organisation formed in response to specific regional circumstances back in 1996 with the goal of providing a forum for those involved with telecommunications in the Pacific, to exchange experiences, to help formulate solutions relevant to the region, to provide training opportunities and the regular exchange of information, and to be a Pacific voice in the international communications environment.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB)

ADB's vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. Its mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. Despite the region’s many successes, it remains home to half of the world’s extreme poor. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.

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The World Bank

The World Bank provides loans and grants the governments of low and middle-income countries around the world. It is made up of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association.

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.
DFAT is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. We manage a network of 100 overseas posts in five continents and have 6,264 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. An additional 2,428 are employed overseas as locally engaged staff.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), New Zealand

MFAT is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on foreign and trade policy, and promoting New Zealand's interests in trade and international relations.

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Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) is the premier private sector representative body in the Pacific Islands region.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


JICA cooperates with developing countries as the executing agency of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA), which includes Technical Cooperation, Loan Aid, Grant Aid and dispatch of volunteers.

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United Nations World Food Programme

 Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

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Forum Island Countries

The membership also includes Forum Island Countries (FIC). The FIC comprises of 18 Member countries and they are Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

These countries are represented on the CROP ICT Working Group by:

1. Forum Troika

The Forum Troika consists of the past, present and future Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, that is, the 18 Member countries. In 2016, this was represented by Palau (Past); Papua New Guinea (Present); and Federated States of Micronesia (Incoming). In 2017, it was Papua New Guinea (Past); Federated States of Micronesia (Present); and Samoa (Incoming). In 2018, it was Federated States of Micronesia (Past); Samoa (Present); and Nauru (Incoming). From 2019, it is Samoa (Past); Nauru (Present); and Tuvalu (Incoming).

2. Small Island States

The Smaller Island States (SIS) are Member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum with special requirements. They are Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and Tuvalu. The current representation on the CROP ICT Working Group is through the Chair of SIS. In 2016, the Chair was Tuvalu, 2017 it was Cook Islands and for 2018, it is Nauru. In 2019 it will be Tuvalu.

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