7 Dec 2011

Tuvalu lays out new proactive approach to aid delivery

6:40 pm on 7 December 2011

The Tuvalu government says it is taking a stronger, more proactive approach to improve the delivery of aid and to satisfy donor partners.

Tuvalu's Minister of Finance and Economic Development Lotoala Metia attended international aid talks in South Korea where he stressed the difficulties for Tuvalu of dealing with up to 900 visits a year by separate aid partners.

He has outlined the fresh approach at a meeting in Suva to donors like the World Bank and AusAID.

Mr Metia says the plan is to set priorities, improve governance and accountability and it won't mean simply presenting a shopping list of projects to donors.

"Some of the reforms being proposed will take a long time to implement and it won't be easy at all, making decisions that will affect the population of Tuvalu - scholarships, the Tuvalu medical scheme. Those are the kinds of tough decisions we are going to make."

Mr Metia says Tuvalu's plan involves frank and regular talks with donors.