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EU Assess Damaged Caused To Sugar Projects

A Delegation from the European Union (EU) led by the EU External Action Service, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Ugo Astuto and the EU Ambassador to
25 Feb 2016 14:03
EU Assess Damaged Caused To Sugar Projects
An aerial shot of a village in the interior of Ra. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A Delegation from the European Union (EU) led by the EU External Action Service, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Ugo Astuto and the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, His Excellency Andrew Jacobs visited EU Sugar- funded projects in Lautoka yesterday toassess the damage caused by tropical Cyclone Winston to the Sugar Industry and see how best the EU can provide support.

The delegation had meetings with officials from the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji, EU Sugar Coordination Unit and Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) and was briefed about the situation on the ground.

”The EU recognizes that the Sugar Industry is very important to Fiji. From our initial assessment and the meetings we had with our partners and the Acting Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Sugar, Mr. Viliame Gucake, yesterday, it is clear that tropical cyclone Winston has caused major damages to the Sugar Industry and families especially  along the Lautoka- Rakiraki Corridor. The EU stands ready to support the industry and is committed to assisting the sector get back to its feet,” said the EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs.

”In terms of our humanitarian assistance, a team is working around the clock to compile the humanitarian impact of the cyclone and recommend how best the EU should respond to relief and recovery in the wake of the cyclone,” said Ambassador Jacobs.

The delegation also accompanied by an expert from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection who arrived into the country on Monday.

 



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