Pato lauds Japan for partnership


FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato has thanked Japan for being a genuine and trustworthy development partner.
He passed on the message to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a luncheon with Pacific Island leaders attending the 71st United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, USA.
The luncheon was attended by leaders from PNG, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Palau, Kiribati and Nauru.
Pato acknowledged the significance of Japan’s cooperation in the region reaffirmed through Palm (Pacific islands Leaders Meeting) and monitored regularly through dialogue at annual forums such as the Pacific Islands Forum and UN General Assembly.
Pato told Abe that PNG, in its capacity as the past chair of the Pacific Island Forum, had written to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to expand the definition of “fragile states” so that it encompasses vulnerability to climate change plus the economic, equity, access, geographical and environmental challenges.
He sought Japan’s support in this regard, when the issue is discussed at the next annual World Bank meeting in Washington DC.
Pato also sought Japan’s support towards the Office of the Oceans Commissioner in the Pacific led by Dame Meg Taylor.

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