30 Mar 2015

New Zealand increases SPC assistance

4:56 pm on 30 March 2015

New Zealand is to provide US$14 million in assistance to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community over the next two years.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community building

Secretariat of the Pacific Community building Photo: RNZ

It includes an increase of US$3.3 million to supplement assistance already provided for the secretariat's programmes in agriculture, public health and geoscience services.

The SPC head, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, says the move from annual to multi year funding allows for more flexibility and predictability with agencies able to plan more strategically and respond more effectively.