The Ministry of Resources and Development has a number of divisions and programs.
Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture at the Ministry of Resources and Development has three primary functions. These are:
- Agriculture Production Services
- Plant and Animal Protection Services
- Agricultural Policy and Planning.
The agricultural production services essentially provide extension support for agriculture in the RMI. Of key relevance here is the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy and Action Plan for the RMI, developed with assistance of ADB in 1997. This document outlines particular approaches to developing agriculture for the RMI and should be referred to while developing detailed action plans.
The Plant and Animal Protection Services include quarantine inspections and law enforcement on all incoming aircraft and vessels in the Marshall Islands. In addition to this the division will conduct surveys and monitoring of pests.
The Agricultural Policy and Planning focuses on gathering information, developing national and local agriculture plans and ensuring that the institutional framework is conducive to agriculture development.
Division of Energy
The Division of Energy within the Ministry of Resources and Development is responsible for the National Energy Policy Coordination and some implementation. The Division of Energy comprises of an Energy Office, one support-staff and an Australian Funded Energy Adviser.
The Framework for the National Energy Policy
The framework used for developing the national energy policy includes the following follows where improvement is required in order to achieve sustainable energy development.
(i) Petroleum and Liquid Fuels
(ii) Electric Power
(iii) Transport and Energy Us
(v) Energy Efficiency, and
(vi) Renewable Energy.
Division of Trade and Investment
The Division of Trade and Investment is responsible for implementing the trade policy framework of the Republic of Marshall Islands. The Trade Policy Framework was endorsed by the cabinet of the Republic of Marshall Islands in 2012. In doing so the Division of Trade and Investment has embarked on the following to projects which includes the Development of a National Export Strategy for RMI and the Promotion of the “Be Marshallese….Buy Marshallese" products campaign. Furthermore, the Division of Trade and Investment also acts as the Secretariat for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC). The NTFC is the core decision making body comprising of the Government, Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organizations that undertakes decisions relating to trade matters. The NTFC is chaired by the private sector.
Moreover, the Division is also involved in Trade Negotiations. The Division of Trade and Investment is currently negotiating the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) with Australia and New Zealand and other Forum Island Countries and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (C-EPA) with the European Union and the Forum Island Countries.
Moreover, the Division of Trade and Investment at a sub-regional level is also involved in the establishment of the Micronesian Trade Committee (MTC). The MTC currently comprises of three member states of the Republic of Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.
Furthermore, the division is also involved in assisting the private sector on their specific needs and is working with regional organizations such as the Pacific Island Trade and Invest, the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, the South Pacific Community and other related organizations in exploring ways to provide assistance.
In addition to this, the Division of Trade and Investment is also holding in-house capacity building trainings on trade related issues, the training is open to all stakeholders from the Government, Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organizations. It aims to enhance the capacity of the stakeholders in trade related matters in the Republic of Marshall Islands.