Australia Boosts Aid to Pacific

Australia's assistance to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific will hit AUD999 million (USD693 million) in 2008-2009, said Rob Tranter, assistant director general at the Pacific Branch of AusAID. The funding, he added, will focus on health, education, water and sanitation, and environment sectors. According to

, Australia's allocation for the region increased by 35 percent over the last three years.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.