People of the Republic of Kiribati celebrated their 42nd Independence Day on July 12.
Australia and Kiribati enjoy a rich, diverse and enduring partnership. This special relationship is defined by common interests, connected communities and mutual respect. It is driven by their shared vision for a safe, secure and prosperous Pacific.
This partnership has strengthened over the past year, as both the nations have worked to address common challenges, particularly in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Australia has assisted the Pacific nation through the pandemic, including through provision of vaccines and medical supplies and help to repatriate I-Kiribati seafarers.
Australia’s development cooperation continues to improve economic prospects, gender equality, health, education, and disability inclusion for the people of Kiribati. With Australia’s support, over 16,000 children have benefited from improved schools and teaching, over 1,000 students have graduated from the Kiribati Institute of Technology, and over 1,100 I-Kiribati workers have participated in Australia’s labour mobility schemes.
The recent handover of a Guardian-class Patrol Boat from Australia to Kiribati also deepens their maritime security partnership.