World Bank vice pres­i­dent for East Asia, Pa­cific to dis­cuss fur­ther sup­port for Fiji

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The World Bank vice pres­i­dent for East Asia and Pa­cific Vic­to­ria Kwakwa is keen on dis­cussing how they can fur­ther sup­port Fiji’s ef­forts to im­prove the lives of peo­ple. Ms Kwakwa was of­fi­cially wel­comed by the Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum through a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort on Denarau Is­land yes­ter­day. This is Ms Kwakwa’s first visit not only to Fiji but to the Pa­cific is­lands as well.

Fiji pro­vides a unique en­try point for the World Bank’s work and we will con­tinue to grow our pres­ence in the coun­try and in­deed ramp up our sup­port across the Pa­cific. You have lent a strong voice to high­light the plight of Pa­cific coun­tries in the face of climate change Vic­to­ria Kwakwa Vice Pres­i­dent for the World Bank Group - East Asia and Pa­cific

Ms Kwakwa said: “It’s a true plea­sure for me to visit your coun­try and see the progress you have made, the chal­lenges you still face and dis­cuss how the World Bank can sup­port your ef­forts to im­prove the lives of your peo­ple.” She said the World Bank Group opened its first of­fice in Suva six months ago.

“Fiji pro­vides a unique en­try point for the World Bank’s work and we will con­tinue to grow our pres­ence in the coun­try and in­deed ramp up our sup­port across the Pa­cific,” Ms Kwakwa said.

She added Fiji played a crit­i­cal role in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and was a cham­pion for small states.

“You have lent a strong voice to high­light the plight of Pa­cific coun­tries in the face of climate change. “Our part­ner­ship is strong but I am de­ter­mined dur­ing my ten­ure as the vice pres­i­dent to en­sure that we con­tinue to strengthen,” Ms Kwakwa said. Also Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was priv­i­leged to have Ms Kwakwa in the coun­try and this was an op­por­tu­nity to high­light to the Bank the progress Fiji had made af­ter Cy­clone Win­ston.

“It is a priv­i­lege to have the vice pres­i­dent of the World Bank in charge of South East Asia Pa­cific Group to visit the Pa­cific,” he said. “And we are al­ways priv­i­leged that she has cho­sen to come to Fiji first and she’ll be here for the next cou­ple of days.” He added this also gives an op­por­tu­nity to high­light to the Bank what Fiji is do­ing in par­tic­u­lar af­ter the Cy­clone Win­ston. “And how the funds they have made avail­able for us to­gether with the Asian Devel­op­ment Bank and how we util­is­ing these funds,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum high­lighted. Ms Kwakwa also vis­ited two schools in Ba af­ter her tra­di­tional wel­come cer­e­mony. He said Ms Kwakwa was sched­uled to visit a cou­ple of other sites that were be­ing built bet­ter af­ter the cy­clone. “Also give us an op­por­tu­nity to show­case to her the piv­otal role that Fiji plays as hub of Pa­cific. It plays a fa­cil­i­tat­ing role for the rest of the Pa­cific is­land coun­tries.

“We also will be able high­light to her the ef­fects of things like climate change, the im­pact it does have. It is a big op­por­tu­nity for Fiji as a whole to have the vice pres­i­dent to be in Fiji.” To­day, Ms Kwakwa will meet other devel­op­ment part­ners and also have a for­mal meet­ing with the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum fur­ther said Ms Kwakwa would be hosted to a small func­tion be­fore she departs Fiji to­mor­row for Van­u­atu.

She will also visit Port Moresby and Aus­tralia.

Photo: LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI.

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the World Bank Group, vice pres­i­dent for East Asia and Pa­cific, Vic­to­ria Kwakwa, at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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