15 Mar 2007

New Zealand foreign minister says more aid targetted at infrastructure development

10:26 am on 15 March 2007

The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, says there will be a greater emphasis on developing infrastructure when allocations for overseas aid spending are made in this year's budget.

Since the establishment of NZAID five years ago the emphasis in development assistance has been on the elimination of poverty in its various forms.

This has often seen a stress on basic education and while this will not change Mr Peters says there will be a perceptible shift to include infrastructure development.

"Not reprioritising but giving greater priority towards infrastructural investments in certain countries, where that is critical for them to make progress in other areas as well. You simply sometimes cannot get education or hospitalisation going if a road that used to take five hours to travel is now taking ten because of neglected development."