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Attorney-General Meets Asian Development Bank’s New Pacific Director-General

Attorney-General Meets Asian Development Bank’s New Pacific Director-General
From left: Principal Economic Planning Officer at the Ministry of Economy, Kamal Gounder, Asian Development Bank Regional Director for the Pacific, Robert Jauncey, Asian Development Bank Director-General Pacific Department, Carmela Locsin, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Economy, Makereta Konrote, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Enterprises, David Kolitagane and chief accountant at the Ministry of Economy, Pankaj Singh. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 10
12:15 2017

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum reviewed Fiji’s ongoing projects in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and explored new opportunities for co-operation between Fiji and the ADB at a meeting yesterday with the new ADB Director-General of the Pacific Department, Carmela Locsin.

During the meeting, the Attorney-General sought the ADB’s support for the Nadi River Flood Alleviation Project, in particular the Fijian Government’s bid for Green Climate Fund (GCF) funding towards the project. Government will also partner with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) on the project which aims to boost the resilience of the Nadi economy to the increasing risk of flooding.

“We’ve already completed feasibility studies for this project that have established a timeline for completion and the necessary funding requirements to make this critical project a reality.

“Nadi is the centre of tourism in Fiji and a hub of international travel for all the Pacific, and this project will go a long way in developing the Nadi economy and protecting Fijian communities situated along the riverbank from flooding,” said the Attorney-General.

During the meeting the Attorney-General also briefed Director-General Locsin on the growth of and expectations for the Fijian economy and reviewed Fiji’s preparatory efforts in the lead-up to the Fijian Presidency of COP23.

The Director-General said she was impressed by the Fijian Government’s management of the economy, particularly the reform programme underway for the Fijian Civil Service and the fundamental changes made in economic policy to ensure Fiji’s long-term economic growth.

The Director-General also said she looked forward to meeting again with the Attorney-General at the ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines to further discussions on deeper engagement between Fiji and the ADB.



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