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$48 Million Grant For Fiji

Fiji has received a total of $48million (150m yuan) grant aid from China recently following another $22million yesterday. Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli confirmed this came during the State
23 Nov 2014 11:47
$48 Million Grant For Fiji
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau, Nadi Photo: Xinhua/Yao Dawei

Fiji has received a total of $48million (150m yuan) grant aid from China recently following another $22million yesterday.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli confirmed this came during the State meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“The President of China today offered more development assistance to Fiji, one of which was an additional 70million yuan (F$22million),” Mr Yauvoli said.

“This is in addition to the 80million yuan (F$26m) that was given to the President of Fiji on his recent visit to Beijing upon an invitation.”

Mr Yauvoli said: “At the moment we are still looking at the allocation of the funds because we need to consult with the Ministry of Finance and the Chinese Embassy. We will do the detail of the scoping in accordance with our priorities.”

Mr Yauvoli also said: “The visa exemption on arrival was one of the good initiatives that was mentioned to us today. It will encourage people to people movement and contacts as it is one of the themes not only between Fiji and China but the Pacific as well.

“The visa exemption will be effective straight away since the announcement was made by the leaders but as you know the operational issues needs to be put in place by the authorities to facilitate that.”

China, being one of the biggest providers of funding assistance to the Government of Fiji, believes that the bilateral relationship would greatly assist in economic development.

“China has been an important partner for us in meeting sustainable developments here in Fiji,” Mr Yauvoli said.

He said overall the visits from the Chinese President and the Pacific islands’ heads of states was a success.

“I believe that we have strengthened our traditional ties with China,” he said.

Mr Xi returns to China early today, departing Nadi International Airport at 11am.

varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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