APIA, Samoa -- The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) opened in Apia, Samoa, on Monday, and strongly supporting the agreed draft of the conference final document – Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action ("Samoa Pathway") -- the Russian Federation said it is a longtime and active partner of small island states.
In early 2014 the Russian Federation supplied to Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines medical equipment for maternity wards worth US$100,000.
Russia has been consistently increasing the level and range of mutual political and economic ties and has been using the growing donor potential to increase expert, material and financial support provided to Caribbean and Pacific island states.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will soon start implementing, with Russia's financial support, a project to set up an electronic repository of information on sustainable energy for the South Pacific island states. The project is to facilitate the exchange and use of scientific and technical information and innovative solutions with a view to strengthening energy potential of island states.
Together with the UNDP, Russia is exploring the possibility of launching a large-scale multimillion long-term project to increase the disaster resilience of Pacific SIDS.
The use multilateral formats and bilateral contacts is actively explored to strengthen cooperation with island states of Latin America, the Indian Ocean and Africa, including in such promising areas as tourism, fisheries, maritime navigation and energy. Carrying out its foreign policy activities, Russia will continue to aim at strengthening its diverse relations with island states and maximizing their practical effect.
Being one of the key donors of the conference, Russia contributed US$500,000 to the special purpose fund. Over the last four years, the aggregate support to SIDS from Russia totaled US$20 million. These funds were used to implement the projects aimed at enhancing partner countries' own potential. For certain SIDS, the Russian Federation introduced a preferential bilateral trade treatment.