Fiji Gov Says Systems In Place To Ensure Aid Transparency

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Gov appealed for $39M from international community

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 25, 2016) – The Fiji government says systems are in place to ensure all cyclone aid is accounted for.

Fiji appealed for US$39 million from the international community after the category five cyclone hit two months ago.

Funds have also been donated by businesses to a prime ministerial relief fund.

The Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu dismissed opposition concerns about a lack of transparency over the government's cyclone relief efforts.

"We have systems in place which (are) accountable, which (are) transparent and of course consistent with international best practice as well. We are happy to provide all the evidence in terms of aid tracking because this is all available."

Inia Seruiratu said he was required by law to submit a final report to the cabinet on aid received which would end up in the parliament.

The government lifted its official State of Natural Disaster last week and Mr Seruiratu said the government was developing plans for recovery.

"Definitely there is still need for assistance from the international community and that is the message our prime minister will be carrying with him when he goes to international and regional meetiings. We will look at all our options but we hope and we pray that our friends, as demonstrated by Australia and New Zealand and all our partners as well, will help us as well."


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