PACIFIC ISLANDS KEY AID PRIORITY FOR AUSTRALIA

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 20, 1999 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Pacific Island countries continue to be a key priority for Australia's aid program.

Fiji receives an estimated total of $21.6 million out of the $136.9 million estimated total for Pacific Island nations.

According to the Australian Agency for International Development's (AusAID) aid budget summary for 1999-2000, the program for Fiji will continue to focus on Fiji's economic and public sector reform process and on improving access to health and education.

It said Australia was implementing a range of activities in the health sector in Fiji, including health management. Australia also is continuing its role as a core donor to the public sector reform process.

Apart from Fiji, Pacific Island countries receiving aid from Australia include:

Vanuatu with an estimated total of $17.7 million.

Solomon Islands with an estimated total of $17.1 million.

Samoa with an estimated total of $14.5 million.

Tonga with an estimated total of $13 million.

Kiribati with an estimated total of $9.4 million.

Tuvalu with an estimated total of $3.3 million.

The Small Island States of Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Cook Islands, Niue, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia and the French Territories are to receive an estimated total of $10.8 million.

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fiji Live.

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