Nauru–Australia Partnership for Development was signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Cairns on 7 August 2009. The Partnership establishes our shared vision to work together in close cooperation to meet our common challenges and to raise the standard of living of the people of Nauru.
In particular, this Partnership for Development seeks to advance Nauru’s development vision as articulated in its
National Sustainable Development Strategy 2005
–2025 (NSDS) and make progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
Nauru and Australia agreed that the Partnership for Development should initially focus on five Priority Outcomes that aim to:
improve education outcomes by upgrading the quality of and access to primary, secondary and relevant tertiary, technical and vocational education services
promote cost-effective maintenance and provision of essential infrastructure and services
improve health outcomes by strengthening management and addressing non-communicable diseases, sexually transmitted infections and maternal and child health
develop a more efficient and accountable public sector by providing assistance with economic, finance and public sector reforms. This will also include support to state owned enterprise reform and statistics collection
increase private sector growth through regional trade liberalisation and economic integration arrangements, manage revenue in the phosphate and fisheries sectors, stimulate development of small and medium enterprises and enhance access to appropriately regulated and credible financial and insurance services.
Annual Partnership Talks between senior officials of the two Governments, reporting to Ministers, will ensure joint, regular and evidence-based review of progress against the objectives and joint commitments of the Partnership for Development. In addition, the performance of Australia’s contribution through the development cooperation program to our joint development objectives, implementation strategies, outcomes and targets will be reported and reviewed through the production of an Annual Program Performance Report.