On December 11, the United States joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the governments of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, the European Union, the European Investment Bank, and the World Bank Group in supporting the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), which aims to improve infrastructure and services in the Pacific Islands region. Representatives from the U.S. Departments of State and Interior as well as USAID attended the December 11 meeting of the PRIF held in Sydney, which welcomed the United States as a full member. U.S. membership at PRIF will enable us to better coordinate the over $350 million in assistance the United States provides to the Pacific Islands annually.
Since 2008, PRIF partners have worked closely with Pacific governments to coordinate development partner assistance to improve the quality, reliability, and availability of critical infrastructure in both rural and urban areas to boost economic growth, create jobs, and provide access to public services. The PRIF Coordination Office provides Pacific governments with comprehensive and coordinated support and technical advice on infrastructure development and investment, and supports national development goals of Pacific nations by helping to ensure infrastructure investments are well-designed and managed.