30 Nov 2005

Donor Roundtable meeting starts in Nauru today

11:51 am on 30 November 2005

Nauru will today try to convince many of the world's richer countries to fund sweeping reforms to its economy and infrastructure.

With the help of the Pacific Islands Forum it has brought together representatives of around 20 donor nations and agencies.

Don Wiseman is in Nauru for the Donor Roundtable meeting.

"The donors will be presented with the just completed National Sustainable Development Strategy. It's defined as a roadmap to a modestly better quality of life for Nauruans. The strategy lays out priorities and the initial emphasis will be on generating revenue. This includes increasing the production of phosphate and a deal to achieve this is already in place. The Government want to better use its fish resources, re-establish a national trust fund, increase the production of food through the encouragement of agriculture and try to garner more in remittances from Nauruans working overseas. It also hopes to raise the quality and provision of education and improve health statistics that are the worst in the region. The Nauru Government is also wanting to rebuild infrastructure - currently power is shut down for up to six hours a day."