Timor-Leste Donates $250,000 For PIDF Secretariat

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New development organization based in Fiji welcomes support

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 30, 2013) – Timor Leste has given close to half a million to assist in the establishment and operation of the organisation of the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF).

Acknowledging the donation of US$250,000 which is equivalent to FJ$467,551.90, Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the support will go a long way in helping the PIDF provide the people of the pacific "with the services that has been sorely lacking in the Pacific at present." "The Pacific has never had a space [until now] where their public sector, private sector or civil society representatives can meet freely and discuss openly issues of development that are relevant and important to them," Ratu Inoke said.

He said the assistance from the government and people of Timor Leste was further sign of the deepening relations the country has with the people of the pacific.

Xanana Gusmao, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was chief guest at the inaugural meeting of the PIDF in Nadi in August.

Meanwhile, the Fijian government has also allocated FJD$1.5 million in the 2014 Budget for the setting up and staffing of the PIDF secretariat in Suva.

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