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Cabinet Meets with Development Partners

Fiji’s development partners were given a clear picture of Government’s priority areas during a meeting with Cabinet in Suva yesterday. The meeting was the first of its kind in Fiji’s
25 Oct 2014 13:06
Cabinet Meets with Development Partners
Cabinet Ministers with donors and development partners after the meeting. Photo: DEPTFO

Fiji’s development partners were given a clear picture of Government’s priority areas during a meeting with Cabinet in Suva yesterday.

The meeting was the first of its kind in Fiji’s history and gave representatives from development partners the chance to meet with ministers face-to-face and begin to consider opportunities for future partnership.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, made a presentation at the meeting highlighting Government’s top priorities and pointing out areas where assistance would be most useful.

He spoke about the Government’s plans for infrastructure, education, health care, national security, social welfare, gender policies, protection of children, enforcement of services to disabled persons, urban and rural development, trade, employment, industrial relations and agriculture.

Representatives from the United Nations’ agencies, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank were present at the meeting.

All expressed keen interest to partner with Government to help Fiji achieve its development goals.

Speaking after the meeting, the Attorney-General said the FijiFirst Government was committed to working closely with foreign development partners to ensure that their programmes and projects were co-ordinated with Government’s priorities and initiatives.

The Attorney-General explained that close co-ordination and co-operation between Government and development partners would ensure both the maximum benefit for the Fijian people and the most efficient use of resources.

“In order to have the greatest effect, programmes – whether by individual agencies or NGOs – should be developed in consultation with Government, therefore meetings like this allow us to adopt a co-ordinated and holistic approach to national development,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The United Nations Development Programme’s resident representative, Osnat Lubrani, said development agencies could be critical in providing not just funding, but also technical expertise.

“Next year will be very important for the United Nations as we take stock of the UN’s sustainable development goals in terms of what has been achieved. This meeting has been important for us to understand the issues Fiji will be dealing with,” Ms Lubrani said.

Envoys of foreign missions also spoke about strengthening their development commitment in a number of key sectors.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the feedback from the first meeting has been very positive and a second meeting had been scheduled for the next two weeks when development partners were expected to make specific proposals for programmes that could complement Government’s work.

 

 

 




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