Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
3rd May, 2012: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has provided the Asian Development Bank President an update on the political and socio-economic developments Fiji is undergoing.
The Head of Government and Minister for Finance is attending the 45th Annual Meeting for ADB Governors in Manilla, Phillipines. At a bilateral meeting with ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda, Prime Minister Bainimarama told him of the challenges facing the Fijian economy including the impacts of the floods in January and March this year.
The ADB had provided the Fijian Government $1m in April and in addition to this, the Prime Minister acknowledged the US $2m provided by the bank to assist with the flood rehabilitation works.
With all eyes on Fiji in the lead-up to the elections, Prime Minister Bainimarama highlighted electoral reforms undertaken as the country moves towards the 2014 elections and the steps taken to formulate the new Constitution.
A day before the meeting proper, Mr Bainimarama emphasised that the ADB should remain apolitical and focus on its mandate to support socio-economic development rather than being politicised by some of its member countries.
Mr Kuroda, who called for full engagement with Fiji “sooner than later”, said the bank, like other development partners will be closely monitoring the progress and developments in Fiji.
He thanked the Fijian leader for the update on the political front and socio-economic developments in Fiji.
The ADB is a multilateral financial institution aiming at reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.
The PM is accompanied by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance, Mr Filimone Waqabaca, the PS for Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Mr Pita Wise and the Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor, Mr Barry Whiteside.
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