Fiji To Establish Secretariat To Better Access Climate Change Funding

Within Ministry of Economy, Secretariat to be open to all Pacific nations

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 12, 2016) – Government has set aside $200,000 [US$97,000] to establish a secretariat within the Ministry of Economy in the hope of harnessing climate funds from the global community.

Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said once set up, the secretariat would open its doors to assisting Pacific Island countries.

He said Fiji was fortunate to have the assistance of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in its endeavour.

"We have always said that accessing climate funds is a bureaucratic nightmare," he said.

"It is really a bureaucratic jungle so we need to be able to build the capacity within our own people to be able to know how to access those funds and to be able to know about the jargon that exists within the climate fund finance world.

"UNESCAP has come on board with us, we've allocated some seed funding in our budget of approximately $200,000 where we're going to set up a secretariat within the Ministry of Economy and then have formal and informal training sessions and gathering of Pacific Island people.

"Whether it's people from ministries or chambers of commerce, we want to bring people in for them to be able to understand how to access these funds."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments while addressing members of the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) in Nadi yesterday.

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