SOLOMON ISLANDS NEEDS MORE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

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SOLOMON ISLANDS
NEEDS MORE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 21, 1999 – Radio Australia)--- Representatives of the Solomon Islands have told a meeting of New Zealand government officials that the government needs more external development assistance to help fund various programs.

The Minister of Development Planning, Fred Fono, said the Solomons needed assistance now more than ever before.

Mr. Fono made the comments while opening annual consultations between the Solomon Islands and the New Zealand government in Honiara.

He said his country needed external assistance to fund its development-oriented programs and projects for the government's structural reform program.

Mr. Fono told the consultation meeting that New Zealand's assistance program had exceeded its allocation of $5.75 million dollars by about nine percent.

He said this was an indication of the friendly relations between the two governments.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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