Marshall Islands 2006
Marshall Islands. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Marshall Islands include Independence Day (May 1) and New Year (January 1). The US government’s representative for contacts with the Marshall Islands in August urged the country to promote growth before the Compact of Free Association expires in 2023. The agreement provides the Marshall Islands with significant financial assistance from the United States each year. At a meeting on the appropriations, US Representative David Cohen said that even with today’s support, the Marshall Islands have not been able to achieve economic growth. He recalled that the appropriations will be significantly smaller after 2023, arguing that the country must first and foremost invest in the private sector to boost growth. The Marshall Islands are now completely dominated by the public sector.
In March 2006, the UN General Assembly voted for the establishment of a new Human Rights Council. Only 4 countries voted against: USA, Israel, Marshall Islands and Palu. This small group of countries is notorious for agreeing (and alone) in special cases such as opposition to the UN condemnation of the US blockade of Cuba and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In March 2007, the Marshall Islands were put in an emergency after prolonged drought.
The islanders expressed strong opposition in June 2007 to the plans to renew the military lease agreement with the United States until 2086. The United States wants to continue its missile testing on the islands. The solid opposition is a challenge for the government of Majuro, which had considered an extension of the existing agreement expiring in 2016 for sure.