11 Oct 2013

Marshall Islands and US break funding deadlock for 2014

2:37 pm on 11 October 2013

The Marshall Islands and the United States governments have broken a deadlock over funding for the new fiscal year.

The 23.7 million US dollars in so-called Compact funding is now set to be released, after more than a month-long stalemate over conditions set by the US.

However, the resolution approving the 2014 budget says no 2015 funding will be approved unless the Marshall Islands fulfills a more than three-year-old requirement to produce a report addressing a range of challenges it faces.

The problems include the ongoing dependence of the health and education ministries on US funding.

But the Marshall Islands Foreign Minister says the US funding should be provided without conditions.

The approved funding will be split up between the Education and Health departments as well as a Special Needs Fund for Ebeye Island.