23 Jun 2016

Millions allocated to Fiji peacekeeping centre

3:59 pm on 23 June 2016

The Fiji government says US$46 million in funds for the military in the coming year will go towards developing the Black Rock army camp in Nadi.

Fiji Military Parade.

Fiji Military Parade. Photo: Supplied

The government announced the funding in its budget for the coming year on Wednesday.

The Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence, Timoci Natuva, told the Fiji Sun Black Rock was in need of a facelift as it was the peacekeeping centre for the region.

He said the centre was important as it was where Fijian troops trained before they left for peacekeeping overseas.

The government also allocated US$480,000 to a pilot training academy.

The Fiji Sun reported the academy with its two flight simulators was expected to be brought into operation before the end of next year 2017.

The Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said there would be opportunities for pilots from overseas to train in Fiji.

The academy is a partnership between Fiji Airways, Airbus, Boeing and the simulator company CAE.