Commentary – By Graham Davis in Suva
Relations between Fiji and Australia have taken yet another turn for the worse with the revelation that Canberra has been secretly blocking Fiji’s access to hundreds of millions of dollars for development projects.
A senior Australian academic – Professor Stephen Howes – told The Australian newspaper that the government had used its muscle to veto loans to Fiji by both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
They would have been used to finance improved basic services for ordinary Fijians such as water, roads, hospitals and schools. Instead, Fiji was forced to turn to China to secure low interest loans and was also obliged under these contracts to use Chinese firms and Chinese workers. Read more »