9 May 2011

USAID Pacific office announcement due by July

6:42 am on 9 May 2011

The United States has decided on the location of its new aid office for the Pacific but it won't be reveal anything before the beginning of July.

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

The US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Teddy Taylor, wouldn't confirm or deny whether there had been a change of heart over the Fiji location.

"I can say that a decision has been made where the office will be located. Plans are moving ahead quickly but I'm not at liberty at this time to comment publicly on where the office will be located."