Working Together to Combat COVID-19 In the Pacific

Posted: 05-Jun-2020 10:26 AM

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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION

NUKU'ALOFA

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

4 June 2020

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO CPMBAT COVID-19 IN THE PACIFIC

 

 

 

Joint media release

 

  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women
  • The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Assistant Defence Minister
  • Minister the Hon Simon Kofe, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers, Tuvalu’s Minister for Justice, Communication & Foreign Affairs 

 

The Australian Government is working in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum to contribute to its initiative to establish a Pacific Humanitarian Pathway amid global supply chain disruptions.

 

This vital Forum initiative ensures the passage of humanitarian and medical supplies within the Pacific as we work together to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hon Simon Kofe, Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers, welcomed the initiative and said: “Australia’s support will ensure that the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway will be able to deliver much needed humanitarian and medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its actions, Australia is working to achieve values of familial ties and care for neighbour’s key throughout the Pacific.”

Australia will provide $5.5 million to the World Food Programme to support efforts to manage COVID-19 in the region. This includes $4 million for air transport and logistics services for the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway, the delivery of humanitarian and critical medical supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment, and assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on food security in the Pacific.

“As a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia is doing its part to operationalise the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway including through the implementation of protocols for freight and passengers that minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” said Foreign Minister Senator the Hon Marise Payne.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific the Hon Alex Hawke MP said Australia has worked with its Pacific family to combat COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“This funding means, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum, we are able to assist in the successful passage of vital supplies through the region as we continue that fight,” Minister Hawke said.

Australia will also commit $3.5 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Pacific Health Sector Support Plan (phase II) which will facilitate the delivery of health advice and supplies to Pacific Island countries.

“We welcome Australia’s strong support for the Pacific’s regional response to COVID-19,” said Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dame Meg Taylor. “We are working together to deliver an efficient and effective Pacific Humanitarian Pathway, and are ensuring Pacific voices and ownership are at the heart of our response to COVID-19.”

This unprecedented crisis is threatening the health, wellbeing and security of all Pacific peoples. By working as one region, we will get through this time of hardship together.

 

 ENDS

AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION

NUKU'ALOFA

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

4 Sune 2020

 

NGAUE FAKATAHA KE TAU’I ‘A E COVID-19 ‘I HE PASIFIKI

 

Fakamatala fakaongoongo tuku atu mei he:

  • Minisita ki Muli, mo e kakai Fefine, Hon Marise Payne,
  • Minisita Fakalakalaka fakavaha’apule’anga mo e Pasifiki, tokoni minisita malu’I: The Hon Alex Hawke MP,
  • Sea ‘o e fakataha’anga Minisita Ki Muli ‘a e Pasifiki, Hon Simon Kofe, Minisita ‘a Tuvalu ki he Potungaue Lao, Fetu’utaki moe potungaue ki Muli.

 

‘Oku ngaue fakataha ‘a e pule’anga ‘Aositelelia mo e fakataha’anga ‘ae kau taki ‘oe pasifiki (Pacific Islands Forum) ke tokoni’I ‘a e fakakaukau hono fokotu’u ‘a e Halafononga ki he ngaahi ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e pasifiki (Pacific Humantarian Pathway) lolotonga ‘a e uesia hokohoko hono fakakakato e ngaahi fiema’u fakamamani lahi.

 

‘Oku mahu’inga ‘a e Halafononga koeni I hono fakapapau’I ‘a e ngaue ‘oku fai ki he kakai ‘o e pasifiki mo e naunau fakafaito’o ‘oku ngaue’aki, lolotonga ‘etau ngaue fakataha ke fakasi’isi’i ‘a e ngaahi uesia mei he COVID-19.

 

‘I hono tali lelei ‘e he sea ‘o e fakataha’anga ‘a e kau Minisita ki Muli ‘o e pasifiki, Hon.Simon Kofe, ‘a e tokoni ‘a ‘Aositelelia, na’ane pehee ‘e malava heni ke fakapapau’I ‘oku tuku atu ‘ehe Halafononga ki he ngaahi ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e pasifiki ‘a e ngaue moe naunau fakafaito’o ‘oku fu’u fiema’u felave’I mo e COVID-19. ‘I he ngaue koia ‘oku tokanga ‘a ‘Aositelelia ke a’usia ‘a e ngaahi me’a mahu’inga ‘I hono va fengaue’aki mo e pasifiki.

‘E foaki ‘e ‘Aositelelia ha AUD $5.5 million ki he Polokalama fakamamani lahi ki he me’atokoni (World Food Programme) ke tokoni ki hono leva’I ‘a e COVID-19 ‘I he pasifiki. ‘Oku kau ai ‘a e AUD $4m ki he fefolau’aki vakapuna and ngaue fakalosika ki he Halafononga ki he ngaahi ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e pasifiki (Pacific Humanitarian Pathway), ko hono fakahoko atu ‘a e ngaahi ngaue mo ‘oatu ‘a e naunau fakafaito’o ‘oku matu’aki fiema’u vivili , ko e teunga malu’I ki he kau ngaue pe PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) mo hono vakai’I ‘a e uesia ‘e he COVID-19 ‘a e tu’unga malu ‘a e me’atokoni ‘I he pasifiki.

‘I he me’a ‘a e minisita ki muli ‘a ‘Aositelelia, Hon.Marise Payne na’ane pehee koe’uhi ‘oku memipa ‘a ‘Aositelelia ‘I he fakataha’anga ‘a e kau taki ‘o e pasifiki, ‘oku fakahoko ‘eia hono fatongia ‘I hono ngaue’I ‘a e halafononga koeni kau ai hono fokotu’u ‘a e ngaahi founga ngaue ki he uta moe kau kau pasese ke fakasi’isi’I ha mafola ‘ae COVID-19.

Na’e pehee ‘ehe Minisita ki he pasifiki mo e fakalakalaka fakavaha’apule’anga, Hon Alex Hawke koe talu mei he kamata ‘a e mafola fakamamani lahi ‘a e COVID-19 moe ngaue fakataha ‘a ‘Aositelelia mo hono famili Pasifiki ke tau’I ‘a e faingata’a koeni. Na’a ne pehee, “’Oku ‘uhinga ‘a e pa’anga tokoni koeni, koe hoangaue mo e fakataha’anga e kau taki ‘oe pasifiki, ‘oku mau lava ‘o tokoni ke ola lelei hono a’utaki e ngaahi naunau mahu’inga ki he ngaahi fonua pasifiki lolotonga ia ‘oku kei hokohoko atu hono tau’I ‘a e faingata’a ni.

‘Oku to e tukupa ‘a ‘Aositelelia ke foaki mo e toe AUD $3.5 million 'i he konga hono 2 ‘oe palani ‘a e Kautaha Mo’ui ‘a Mamani ke tokonia e Pasifiki felave’i mo e COVID-19 (WHO COVID-19 Pacific Health Sector Support Plan (phase II)  'i hono tuku atu ‘a e ngaahi fale’i mo e ngaahi naunau ki he mo’ui felave'i mo e vailasi ni. 

Na’e fakaha ‘e he Sekelitali Seniale ‘o e Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, ‘oku nau tali lelei ‘ae poupou malohi ‘a Aositelelia ki he ngaue ‘a e Pasifiki felave’I mo e COVID-19 pea ‘oku fai ‘a e ngaue fakataha ke tuku atu ‘a e ngaahi ngaue ‘oku taau pea ola lelei ‘I he Halafononga ki he ngaahi ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e pasifiki, pea ke fakapapau’I ko e le’o ‘oe pasifiki ‘oku ‘I he uhouhonga ‘o ‘etau ngaue ki hono taliteke’I ‘a e COVID-19.

Koe faingata’a eni ne ‘ikai ‘amanaki ha taha kiai ka ‘oku hoko ia ke fakamanamana ki he mo’ui, fiefia mo e malu ‘a e kakai kotoa ‘I he Pasifiki. Koe ngaue fakataha te tau lava ai ‘o ikuna’I fakataha ‘a e taimi faingata’a ni.

 

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