TUVALU GOVERNMENT KEEPS PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEE GROWTH TO MINIMUM

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FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (February 8, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Tuvalu's government reports that it has tried to minimize any increase in the number of public service employees since coming to power last year.

Tuvalu’s public servants now number about 600.

Tuvalu Deputy Prime Minister Lagitupu Tuilimu said in addition to limiting the growth of the public service, the government also has tried to cut other costs.

Mr. Tuilimu also pointed out that the focus of the successor to the European Union’s Lomé IV Convention on Tuvalu will be on human resource development, and no longer infrastructure projects.

The Deputy Prime Minister said in recent years Tuvalu has been receiving about one million dollars a year in assistance from the EU.

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