Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP)

General PIDP contact details:
The East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI USA 96848-1601
Phone: (808) 944-7111

In 1980, under the visionary leadership of Fiji Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and Hawaii Governor George Ariyoshi a special Center program was formed at the East-West Center in Hawaii to specifically address the unique issues faced by island nations emerging from decades of colonisation.

The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) conducts a broad range of activities to enhance the quality of life in the Pacific islands. The founding mission of PIDP is to assist Pacific islands leaders in advancing their collective efforts to achieve and sustain equitable social and economic development. Since 1980 PIDP has served as a forum through which island leaders discuss critical issues of development with interested countries, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

As PIDP was formed at the specific request of the region’s island leaders, it is the only East-West Center program whose activities have a defined geographic focus informed by both the area studies and disciplinary expertise of its staff and participants.

As Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders: PIDP, provides administrative support for facilitating communication between members of the Pacific Islands Conference and its Standing Committee; prepares reports and plans; expands collaboration at the regional level with CROP members; and facilitates ongoing activities of the Joint Commercial Commission.

PIDP also conducts research on various aspects of development, including: economic, cultural and social, international trade and investment, population and economics, and sustainable resource management.

The education and training section provides various kinds of scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels for Pacific Island students.

For its Pacific Islands Report, PIDP compiles a range of news items from around the Pacific region and posts the top 20 stories on the Internet, five days a week.

The U.S.-Pacific Island Nations Joint Commercial Commission is a multilateral, intergovernmental organisation, formed in 1993. With 14 members, its main purpose is to promote and facilitate mutually beneficial commercial and economic relations between the United States and Pacific island nations.


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