24th September 01:55 AM
EU looks to expand direct budget support to Fiji
By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 15/11/2016
Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum an EU delegation (Photo: Fiji Government).

The European Union is looking to expand direct budget support to Fiji through the Ministry of Economy to fund a range of collaborative development programmes.

This announcement followed a meeting between Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum and an EU delegation.  

The EU delegation consisted of the Head of Unit of Centralised Operations, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific, Jobst Von Kirchman, the Development Coordinator for the Pacific Region, Mathias Reusing, Head of Cooperation, Christopher Wagner and the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs.

The meeting included discussions on cooperative strategies for developing Fiji’s agriculture sector – particularly how direct budget support from the EU would assist sugarcane and other farmers. 

In a statement, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says by expanding development assistance through our Ministry of Economy, the European Union has demonstrated confidence in Government’s financial management and ability to drive effective and targeted development across a wide‑range of sectors.

He says Fiji can now ensure that its joint development programmes with the EU have the most direct impact possible for our people – the men and women whose hard work forms the backbone of our growing economy.

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