2 Feb 2015

After elections, Fiji in line for $100m from World Bank

3:29 pm on 2 February 2015

Fiji could be the recipient of 100 million US dollars from the World Bank as part of its re-engagment with the country since its return to democracy last year.

Fiji's refurbished parliament, a stone building with clock tower at entrance

Since Fiji's return to democracy, the World Bank has sought to re-engage. Photo: RNZ / Philippa Tolley

The Bank's Pacific country director, Franz Drees-Gross, says it is keen to assist in development in Fiji and he has already held meetings with the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

He says the Bank's board will now consider the Fiji case.

"We expect to go to them with a re-engagement strategy in March, so in two months time and then basically have an envelope for Fiji of somewhere on the order of a hundred million dollars (USD) over the next two years. And we expect 50 million of that to go into the transport sector. And then another 50 still to be programmed in other sectors."

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