The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, visited the AIFFP
The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, visited the offices of the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australia, through the AIFFP, signed a series of agreements with Palau and the Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) to provide financing for the construction of an undersea fibre optic cable.
The Australia Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) took part in NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations, the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander celebration.
Following an open tender process, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has entered into contract to establish a Capital Infrastructure Service Panel
Australia is partnering with Japan and the United States to finance an undersea fibre optic cable to the Republic of Palau. This project, valued at approximately US$30 million, will ensure reliable, secure digital connectivity in Palau.
Australia is working in partnership with Fiji to mitigate the impact of floods on the major population centre of Nadi in a joint effort to save lives, reduce homelessness and protect the local economy.
On 30 August 2019, Prime Minister Morrison announced that the Australian Government would finance the Front End Engineering Design study (FEED) in Timor-Leste, in response to a formal request from the Timor-Leste Government to assist in their efforts to construct a quality undersea telecommunications cable.
Prime Minister Morrison advised Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare of Australia’s further support for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP), in response to Solomon Islands’ request for financing.
On 5 August 2020 at the Australia-PNG Virtual Summit, Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Marape confirmed the AIFFP’s financing for PNG’s first utility scale solar farm, and one of the biggest solar farms in the Pacific.
Joint media release
The AIFFP, alongside the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, continues to work with Papua New Guinea, Japan, New Zealand and the United States to support PNG’s target of connecting 70% of the population by 2030. Current connectivity is 13%.
COVID-19 has had a devastating economic effect on the region - the AIFFP’s focus on local jobs and private sector will provide much needed economic stability and stimulus for Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.
As part of DFAT's responsibility for implementing the AIFFP, it is currently seeking to establish a panel that can provide Client Side Project Management (CSPM) and/or Head Contractor (HC) services in the Indo-Pacific region.