29 Oct 2010

US to open aid office in Fiji

4:14 pm on 29 October 2010

The United States Agency for International Development will return to the Pacific next year by setting up a new office in Fiji.

This was announced by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in Honolulu at the start of a two-week tour.

Mrs Clinton says the US will be working through the Pacific Island Forum to support the Pacific island nations as they strive to really confront and solve the challenges they face.

Those challenges, she says, range from climate change to freedom of navigation.

She says 21 million US dollars will be spent to support climate change mitigation.

Her 10-nation tour will include stops in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia and American Samoa.

Last month, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, said the US objective was to put Fiji on track for reintegration into international institutions and for the holding free and fair elections no later than 2014.