USAID launches ‘reinvigorated’ Pacific mission to help sustainability goals

Dr Samantha Power giving a media conference after her speech at USP in Fiji . . . "We do want you to have a choice. It’s not a choice that we will make for you." Image: Kalinga Seneviratne/IDN

USAID launches ‘reinvigorated’ Pacific mission to help sustainability goals | Asia Pacific Report

By APR editor – August 20, 2023

By Kalinga Seneviratne in Suva

The United States government’s overseas development aid arm US Agency for International Development (USAID) opened two new offices in Papua New Guinea and Fiji last week, pledging to assist Pacific island countries in addressing the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The last USAID office in the region was closed over 25 years ago.

The haste with which the US re-established these offices with its Administrator, Dr Samantha Power — a former Harvard professor, flying from the US to officiate in the ceremonies in Suva and in Port Moresby in PNG on August 15 has also got some sceptics in the region questioning its motives.


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