USAID, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Hold Workshop to Boost Private Sector Engagement

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat joined the Government of Papua New Guinea in opening a workshop to help improve private sector access to climate change financing and promote private-public partnerships.

Forty participants attended the workshop, including representatives from the national government and private sector, as well as participants from Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The Green Climate Fund’s private sector participant also participated.

The event explored enhancing private-sector engagement in low carbon and resilient development activities in the Pacific Islands region.  Participants also discussed mechanisms for accessing international climate change funds and other sources, both domestic and international.

The workshop shared practical, hands-on lessons and experiences between the government and the private sector from ongoing public-private partnerships in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji.

United States Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray reaffirmed the American people’s commitment to Papua New Guinea.  “We continue to work with our partners in the region to protect communities against the adverse effects of extreme weather and natural disasters,” Ambassador Ebert-Gray said.

USAID Ready is a five-year project that works with government partners and other stakeholders to draft and implement policies to achieve adaptation goals. The project supports countries so they can access financing from international adaptation funds and improve skills to better manage such funds. Ready works in 12 Pacific Island countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

USAID, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Hold Workshop to Boost Private Sector Engagement