PHOTO: Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop and the Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau and sharing news on development in its country. Photo from the ministers twitter page
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA FRIDAY 20 June 2014: The Ulu o Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau met with Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Julie Bishop in Canberra today.
He conveyed Tokelau’s appreciation for the continuing support by the Government of Australia through bilateral and regional programmes.
“Tokelau has continued to receive significant aid from Australia to support education, health, water programs and the Tokelau Trust Fund” said Nasau.
The Hon Bishop reiterated that Australia is working in partnership with the Pacific to alleviate poverty, increase the quality of life, and achieve sustainable economic development. Developing young people and gender issues also featured in the Canberra conversation between the Ulu and Minister.
Mr Nasau had met with the Australian Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, earlier in the day.
“The Senator was most interested in Tokelau’s renewable energy project and fisheries” said Nasau. Tokelau currently has almost 100% of its electricity supplied through solar energy.
Mr Nasau’s next itinerary stop will be in New York, to present “The Question of Tokelau” before the UN Special Committee on Decolonization. He is accompanied by the Administrator of Tokelau, Jonathan Kings and Tokelau Official, Joe Suveinakama. Mr Nasau will return to Tokelau at the end of June, to chair the first-ever regional Fisheries Ministerial Meeting in Tokelau: this meeting aims to produce actioned-oriented outcomes for progressing the management of fisheries in the Pacific region.