13 Nov 2014

50 million for Fiji Infrastructure: World Bank

12:16 pm on 13 November 2014

Fiji stands to receive 50 million US dollars to improve infrastructure in the country as part of the reengagement of International Donor Partners.

The World Bank working in partnership with the Asian Development Bank will be prioritising the funding for 2015 after meetings last week with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

World Bank Country Director, Franz-Drees Gross, says this comes after a year of technical re-engagement with Fiji to get a sense of government's direction.

" I think we look forward to a very productive partnership with Fiji. I think there is a lot of eagerness, from the government to re-engage with us, we are certainly eager to provide them with good service and I think that they are a sophisticated country and I think we can do a lot of very good things together over the next couple of years."

Fiji has not accessed funding from the World Bank Group since the 1990's.

Franz-Drees Gross said this was for a variety of reasons but would not elaborate.