NIUE MINISTER CALLS FOR AID PREDICTABILITY

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Lack of transparency, information hinders budget planning

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 30, 2011) – A Niue government minister has told aid talks in South Korea the lack of predictability around aid money is one of the major problems for small island states.

The Minister for Justice, Lands, Survey and Public Works Kupa Magatogia says Pacific Island countries have over the last five years increased efforts to integrate and reflect aid on their national budgets.

But they have been hampered by a lack of transparency and information from some development partners and ministries.

The minister told the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness that aid makes up more than 50 percent of some Pacific Island countries’ budgets.

The Niue delegate says it supports calling on development partners to deliver on their promises for more timely, accurate and transparent information on all aid provided.

[PIR editor’s note: At an international summit for aid, countries representing the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group have pushed for ineffective conditions on aid donations to be lifted. The High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea was told that ACP countries want "more reliable and transparent information" and "better coordination between donor as well as partner countries" regarding international assistance.]

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