The World Bank has approved $106 million to support the effective and efficient implementation of Fiji’s National Development Plan.
Speaking on Radio Fiji One’s Na Noda Paraiminisita, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the funds will be used to generate job opportunities, diversify micro, small and medium enterprises and involve people in various projects of sustainable development.
He says these initiatives are a continuation of the government’s support for the COVID-19 recovery targeting people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, especially women and young people.
“This is an initiative to help individuals get back on track after the implications posed by the pandemic and climate change. The government has so far spent $430 million on COVID-19 recovery. One of the ways the World Bank has helped Fiji is to rebuild the lives of Fijians who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and this is also part of the social protection system.
Bainimarama says that out of the total amount granted by the World Bank, the government will use about $18 million to protect our natural resources, known as the Job for Nature initiative.
He points out that this is a path that will help most Fijians in rural and maritime areas.
“This initiative will enable unemployed Fijians in rural and maritime areas to secure jobs focused solely on protecting our natural resources. Groups of young people in the villages can also apply for various projects that fit well with the objective of this Job for Nature initiative. The government will soon announce when individuals or groups can start applying. »
The Prime Minister added that this initiative will last for four years and that Fiji must be grateful for the trust placed in us by the World Bank and continue the good relations that have existed for more than fifty years.