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PM calls on EU to release allocated sugar funds

May 24, 2018 12:47 am

The Fiji – European Union high level political dialogue will conclude today with an agreed set of actions to be announced later.

Opening the discussions yesterday, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama talked about the importance of the Sugar industry which supports the economic well-being of over two hundred thousand Fijians.

The PM called on the EU to work with Fiji to ensure the stability of the sugar market and to keep suppliers on an equal playing field.

Bainimarama was also direct about EU commitments on funding support.

“Given there is nearly 30 million dollars in assistance that remains undisbursed, we are hoping to see those funds released throughout this year. Our cane famers are very hard working people, and I along with every one of them are keen to see those funds put to good use as quickly as possible.”

EU Head of the Pacific Delegation – Ambassador Julian Wilson noted the EU has been a reliable partner for Fiji with regards to its sugar and agriculture sector and will continue to work in these areas which are an economic priority.

He added that the EU would consider budget support funding as opposed to their more traditional project approach, the next steps of which would be discussed at the political dialogue.