16 Mar 2009

Pacific Island members of ADB warned of cash contributions

8:16 pm on 16 March 2009

Pacific Island members of the Asian Development Bank are being warned they may soon face a hefty cash contribution as part of the ADB's plans for a general capital increase or GCI.

The Pacific Institute of Public Policy is warning the ADB is proposing a GCI from all of its members to make it possible for the bank to borrow more and lend more to members.

A spokesperson for the PiPP Derek Brian says in the past Pacific Island countries have contributed little in cash contributions, instead opting to sign paper guarantees.

He says countries may soon have an option of a 100 percent, 150 percent or 200 percent increase.

"The preferred option from the ADB, (we understand that the board will be putting out a discussion paper next week confirming this) will be a GCI increase of 200 percent. For a country such as Fiji that would be a capital increase of two-point-three million US dollars. PNG it would be a capital increase in the order of around three-point-two million US dollars."

Derek Brien says the ADB will seek final say on the proposed GCI in early May.