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A-G Meets World Bank Delegation Ahead Of Spring Meetings

A-G Meets World Bank Delegation Ahead Of Spring Meetings
World Bank talks yesterday included (from left), Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Economy Makereta Konrote, Senior Economist Mizuho Kida, South Pacific resident representative Lasse Melgaard, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Pacific islands country director Michel Kerf, Pacific country manager Tom Jacobs, Operations manager for the Pacific Islands Mona Sur, lead economist and programme leader Robert Utz and liaison officer Saia Faletau. Photo: DEPTFO News
April 06
11:00 2017

A discussion between a delegation from the World Bank with the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was held yesterday outlining Fiji’s leadership priorities for its COP23 Presidency.

The talks also discussed a wide-range of opportunities in development co-operation.

This meeting is in a lead-up to the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF will be held in Washington DC from 21-23 April.

The World Bank delegation was led by Pacific islands country director Michel Kerf and included portfolio and operations manager for the Pacific islands Mona Sur, lead economist and programme leader Robert Utz, South Pacific resident representative Lasse Melgaard, senior economist Mizuho Kida and liaison officer Saia Faletau.

The International Finance Corporation was also represented at the meeting by Pacific Country Manager Tom Jacobs.

At the meeting, the World Bank assured the organisation of a side event at the 2017 Spring Meetings dedicated to Fiji’s COP23 Presidency.

The event would allow Fiji to identify key areas where the World Bank could assist to advance Fiji’s presidential agenda at COP23.

The delegation also provided an update on the opening of the World Bank Regional Office in Suva, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

The meeting covered potential co-operation between Fiji and the World Bank to reduce emissions in Fiji’s transportation sector by increasing access to green transportation options, and also included a broad overview of strategies to attract private sector investment to fund climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

The discussions also covered the ongoing work between Fiji and the World Bank to develop private partnerships to increase access to affordable housing and healthcare for the Fijian people.

For the housing sector, the Attorney-General stressed the need to expand efforts to not only boost home ownership, but also reduce the costs of public rentals in Fiji.

Following the meeting, the Attorney-General emphasised the importance of the Fijian Government’s continued engagement with the World Bank to bring developments into the lives of the Fijian people, and said he looked forward to building on the day’s discussions at the Spring Meetings later in the month.

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