Stepping-up in Palau

Australia enjoys a close and friendly relationship with Palau. Australia has established a new diplomatic mission in Koror, Palau. The new mission became operational on 17 December 2019.

Aerial views of the atolls of Palau. Photo: LuxTonerre, Germany

Australia's bilateral aid program focuses on two strategic objectives: improving economic growth through upgraded telecommunications and internet coverage; and achieving gender equality and enhancing women's empowerment.

Expanding our diplomatic footprint

Australia is taking our partnership with the Pacific to a new level. We want to work with our Pacific partners to build a Pacific region that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically, and to that end, Australia has established a new diplomatic mission in Koror, Palau. The new mission became operational on 17 December 2019.

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Australian Ambassador George Fraser and Republic of Palau Minister of Health Emais Robert, MD, FACS, signing the Therapeutic Goods Administration Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Palau, October 2018. Photo: DFAT

Gender equality and women's empowerment

The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development project was launched by the Australian Government in 2012. It is a 10 year, $320 million program, which aims to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of Pacific women, including in Palau. The Palau country plan aims to foster the economic empowerment of women, increase the participation of women in public life and decision making, and reduce the incidence of gender based violence.

Participants at the women's economic empowerment scoping study workshop – Minister Baklai Temengil Chilton (centre), Dr Unaisi Nabobo-Baba (second from left), Jodean Remengesau (right), Olympia Morei (left) and Julita Tellei (second from right). Photo: Maire Dwyer, The Pacific Community

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ICT sector reform

Australia is part of a multi-partner effort to reform Palau's ICT sector and increase access to high quality, low-cost internet services. The Asian Development Bank is financing a submarine cable connecting Palau to an international cable hub in Guam. Australia, through the World Bank's Australia-Pacific Islands Partnership Trust Fund provides technical assistance to reform the Palau National Communication Corporation and the Belau Submarine Cable Corporation, promote private sector participation in the ICT sector, and drive greater competition in the market.

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Last Updated: 18 December 2019