Barrett Defends NZ Aid In Fiji
Source: Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
SUVA: New Zealand's high
commissioner to Fiji, Tia Barrett says his
country's assistance to Fiji hasn't changed from that provided under the
previous government, Radio Fiji reports.
was replying to an Opposition press statement which
concern about the misuse of foreign aid.
Barrett says they recently held annual talks with the
Fiji government on
the shape of New Zealand's development assistance programme.
Barrett adds that agreement was
reached on a range of activities and
they don't include the Land Use Commission as claimed by the Opposition.
activities however include funding the Citizens
to enable them to undertake multi-cultural educational programmes which
are of benefit to all sectors of the Fiji community and flow from the
intention of Fiji's Constitution.
Barrett says that
funding had been agreed to by the previous government
and New Zealand.
On the assistance for the Education
Commission, Barrett says it's based
on New Zealand's long association with Fiji through the provision of
teachers, training and advice on educational matters.
A New Zealand
representative will be based on the Education
which will review Fiji's education system.
Article provided by the Journalism Programmme, University of the South Pacific. Pasifik Nius.