Chinese aid up
Ropate Valemei Thursday, February 06, 2014
GOVERNMENT’s total development assistance of around $103.7million is expected this year.
The Finance Ministry is expecting a total of $94.2m of aid in kind and $9.5m in cash grants.
And the total is $69.8m less than what Fiji received last year.
The ministry, in its economic and fiscal update, will distribute $4.6m on general administration, $43.8m on social services, $37.9m on economic services and $17.4m on infrastructure.
Over the year, government has received development support in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure and technical co-operation.
The ministry said Chinese assistance had increased in recent years in development projects.
“In 2014, Chinese aid will focus on the completion of the new Navua hospital, Somosomo hydro project in Taveuni, Juncao (edible mushroom) technical co-operation, rice industry development in Vanua Levu and sports complex in Vunidawa, Seaqaqa and Korovou.”
It said the European Union was in the process of re-engaging Fiji in development co-operation.
“The 11th European Development Fund (EDF) program for Fiji is being discussed covering a seven-year period from 2014 to 2020. It is envisaged that the EDF 11 National Indicative Package for Fiji will address needs in infrastructure, environment and sugar sector.”
This year, it said, the Australian aid programs would assist Fiji in human resource development, NCD prevention, promoting maternal and child health and providd other services to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.