Australia Plans Aid Hike for Solomons

The Australian government intends to increase its assistance to the Solomon Islands in 2011.

Australian Agency for International Development Director-General Peter Baxter made the announcement during the annual aid partnership talks between the Solomon and Australian governments on Sunday (July 17) in Honiara, the Solomon Star reports.

The 2011-2012 Australian aid budget for the Solomons totals 500 million Solomon Islands dollars ($65.7 million) and will support health, education and transport services programs. The aid budget for the previous year amounts to 400 million Solomon Islands dollars.

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