15 Dec 2014

Fiji's Sigatoka valley to benefit from ADB loans

5:08 pm on 15 December 2014

The Asian Development Bank says its 100 million US dollar loan agreement with Fiji will focus first on roads in the Sigatoka valley.

The project is aimed at improving access to markets, schools, and clinics and boost services for rural communities.

The regional director of ADB's Pacific sub-regional office, Robert Jauncey, says next year another 100 million has been offered for water infrastructure in the Suva-Nausori corridor.

Robert Jauncey says eight million has been offered in grants and the loan dollars are roughly at 0.6 percent, with a five-year grace period before repayment.

"ADB is very pleased to be able to re-engage with Fiji and to move quickly following elections in September. We're very pleased to be doing that in close coordination with all donor partners in Fiji."

Robert Jauncey.

Fiji's opposition says the loans are worrying, as they were not mentioned in the recent budget.