11 Apr 2011

USAID undecided on location of Pacific region office

11:56 am on 11 April 2011

The United States Agency for International Development says it has not yet decided on the location of its new Pacific office.

The American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced last October that the agency would open an office in Fiji this year with a fund of 21 million dollars to deal with climate change issues.

But a spokesperson for USAID in Washington says the site for the office is still being assessed and a decision will be made in the coming months.

Before her Pacific Island tour in November last year, Mrs Clinton said USAID was committed to opening an office in the region to help countries face a number of issues from climate change to freedom of navigation.

Fiji's interim leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama earlier questioned United States commitment to re-engaging with Fiji.

USAID says it's still committed to opening an office in the region.