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EU to provide FJ$10m in relief efforts

07:28 Tue Mar 01, 2016


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ellen Stolz

The European Union (EU) will provide an initial FJ$ 10 million through the Pacific Community (SPC) to complement the Fijian Government’s efforts in relief, recovery and rehabilitation following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The funds will immediately be made available from EU-SPC projects for communities and businesses in the most severely affected regions of Fiji.

EU Ambassador for the Pacific Andrew Jacobs says the FJ$10m is a direct, practical short term response to the needs of Fijian citizens in the affected areas.

The EU and SPC have joined forces to identify other resources, whether it is through an existing joint programme or a new source that could be expedited and channelled towards re-building peoples’ lives.

Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, says while the full impact of cyclone Winston on lives, livelihoods and the economy is yet to be determined, these funds will be directed towards addressing immediate needs identified by the Fiji government, to alleviate the pressure on some of the most affected communities.”



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