POPULATION: 46.1 million (2016)
FORUM DIALOGUE MEMBERSHIP ESTABLISHED: 2014
MOST RECENT STATEMENT TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM:
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.
Spain gained non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council from 2015-16.
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
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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.