Spain

CAPITAL: Madrid

POPULATION: 46.1 million (2016)

LANGUAGE: Spanish

FORUM DIALOGUE MEMBERSHIP ESTABLISHED: 2014

ADDITIONAL FORUM DIALOGUE MECHANISMS: None

POLITICAL SYSTEM: Parliamentary Monarchy

HEAD OF STATE: King Felipe VI

HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey

DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN THE PACIFIC: 3 (Australia, NZ and a Charge D’Affaires in Fiji)

SIGNIFICANT MULTILATERAL RELATIONSHIPS: Member of ADB, EU, GCF, IMF, IRENA, ISA WB, WTO

Common areas of strategic interest

Spain’s Pacific strategy fosters cooperation with the Forum on climate change, gender issues, trade, development, renewable energies and energy independence, ocean management, fisheries management and combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Trade in the region

 

Between 2014 & 2016, Spain’s exports to the Pacific region decreased on average by 9.55% with a strengthening emergence of pharmaceutical products. Imports from the Pacific region has increased, on average, by 0.1%. Papua New Guinea coffee is a key direct import. Spain maintains a key fisheries interest in the Pacific region, as evidenced through the Spanish fishing vessels in Pacific waters as provided under the Kiribati – EU Fisheries Partnership Agreement. Spain, a leading global importer of frozen tuna loins, is host to a substantial portion of the EU’s domestic canning factories.

United Nations

Spain gained non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council from 2015-16.

Development cooperation

Spain provides ODA through multilateral arrangements. By 2013, 0.01% of Spain’s total ODA was allocated to FICs (USD 70 million).

Spain’s ODA by region, 2015

Forum island Country Aid (ODA) disbursements to countries and regions [DAC2a]
Bilateral USD 0.12m
Oceania Regional

 

Spain provided humanitarian aid during the 2014-15 period to the Solomon Islands (April 2014- EUR 30.000) and Vanuatu (March 2015- EUR 50,000).

Climate Finance in the Pacific Region

Between 2010 and 2014 Spain contributed USD 1.35 million towards adaptation and mitigation projects in the region.

 

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