25 Oct 2006

US backs Australia stance on governance

2:41 pm on 25 October 2006

A United States Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Hill, is supporting Australia's stance on the issue of good governance by Pacific Island governments.

The Australian prime minister, John Howard, has consistently called for some governments in the region to step up their efforts in this area.

The communique from the Forum Islands summit says leaders agreed that initiatives on governance should be encouraged and intensified over the next 12 months.

Mr Hill says he doesn't want to lump all the Pacific Island states together because some are doing well but the watchword needs to be good governance.

"The United States is prepared to assist in the overall problem of economic development, to assist in capacity building but to some extent, we need to look to the recipients, to the countries themselves, to step up the issue of governance."

A U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Christopher Hill.