25 Aug 2007

China-Fiji Trade and Economic Cooperation Commission in Beijing

10:07 am on 25 August 2007

The Permanent Secretary in Fiji's interim Prime Minister's office says they have been working harder to develop a relationship with China since traditional sources of developmental cooperation started drying up.

Parmesh Chand's comments come in light of the China-Fiji Trade and Economic Cooperation Commission being held in Beijing next week.

He says a number of the projects being discussed have been in the pipeline for some time.

"Because of developmental cooperation drying up from those traditional sources we have stepped up our work in these and they are now coming to fruition. So, it is something which we are very pleased with, especially when some of our traditional donors and development co-operation partners have turned their backs on us."

The Commission will look at design contracts, soft loan funding and trade issues.