U.S. Offers $500,000 To Support Electoral Process In Fiji

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Assistance shows ‘commitment to engagement with the Pacific’

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 2, 2014) – The United States is looking at other ways to support the people of Fiji as the country tries to transit to a democratic and political system.

US deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Ambassador Dennise Mathieu was pleased with the opportunity she was given to meet with the PM and other government officials.

"The United States will provide $500,000 USD ($950,000 FJD) to support the electoral process.

The US is also exploring other ways to support the people of Fiji as they transition to a democratic and inclusive political system," Mathieu said.

"This assistance demonstrates the US Government's commitment to engagement with the Pacific." She said the US government was pleased with the efforts made thus far by the Government of Fiji in moving to elections and believe that credible elections will foster improved governance and societal well-being that will help sustain Fiji’s growth.

"The U.S. Government also supports programs that help communities in Fiji adapt to the negative impacts of global climate change and environmental degradation."

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