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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:30pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University have partnered to train local trainers and technicians to install, operate, and maintain clean energy systems in the Pacific Islands. The program, called Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy or VOCTEC, has established a partnership with the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae to deliver solar energy training. The launch of the program will take place on July 21 at Unitech’s East Taraka Campus, and the training will continue through July 25.

VOCTEC’s Train-the-Trainer approach will provide technicians a support system and build Unitech’s capacity by providing curriculum, equipment, and training manuals. The training program also incorporates gender issues and focuses on entrepreneurial skills.

Seven million Pacific Islanders cannot power their homes because they are too far from existing electricity grids. “Solar is the perfect technology to provide power to these remote communities, but they often lack the technical support to install and maintain solar systems,” highlighted Maurice Knight, USAID Pacific Islands Director.

Pretest for National HIV/AIDS Prevalence Survey in PNG Completed
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:30pm

USAID, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Australian Agency for International Development are supporting the first-ever Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey (IBBS) to help identify the drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

US Launches Climate Change Projects in the Pacific
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 8:30pm

United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Frankie A. Reed, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for the Philippines and the Pacific Islands Gloria D. Steele led the launching of the U.S. Government’s new projects that will help the Pacific Islands cope with climate change.

United States donates Reverse Osmosis Machines to the  Marshall Islands to Assist with Drought Relief
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 2:00am

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating two reverse osmosis machines to enhance drought response capability of the Government of the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI).

United States Launches Project to Build  Community Resilience to Climate Change
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:00am

Pari, Papua New Guinea — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Coastal Community Adaptation Project (C-CAP), a new five-year project that will build the resilience of vulnerable communities across 12 Pacific Island countries to climate change.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 1:45am

United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Frankie A. Reed, Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities, , Commander Francis Kean and University of the South Pacific (USP) Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, today led the inaugural event for a training program supported by the U.S. Government that will promote clean energy in the Pacific Islands.

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Last updated: June 20, 2014

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