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Development assistance in Fiji

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Objective 1: Increased private sector development in Fiji

Australia's investments in private sector development in Fiji work on two levels.

At the policy/regulatory level, Australia supports a range of structural and regulatory reforms that have been prioritised by the Fiji Government. We do this by investing in programs that are designed to strengthen economic regulations. They also seek to advance broader public sector reforms to improve performance and accountability. Through these programs we are improving the enabling environment for the private sector. We are helping to provide greater certainty and clarity of regulation so that businesses can invest more and we are increasing access to low-cost inputs through more competitive markets.

At a micro level we work directly with business and industry groups to stimulate investment and trade, and to create economic opportunities for the poor, particularly in the tourism, agriculture and agri-business sectors.

Related initiatives

Market Development Facility (MDF)

Up to $17.5 million for Phase 2, 2017 – 2022

Market Development Facility (MDF) is a multi-country program that began in Fiji in 2011 and has since expanded to Timor Leste (2012), Pakistan (2013), PNG and Sri Lanka (2015). MDF stimulates business innovation and private sector investment for development outcomes, particularly poverty reduction and women's economic empowerment.

Following strong results from Phase 1, Australia extended the MDF program in Fiji for five years, 2017-2022.  In Phase 2, MDF aims to implement approximately 65 partnerships and 12 formal influencing events to achieve the following results by 2026: reach 48,500 beneficiaries, leverage USD5m in private investment, and generate USD18.5m in market transactions and 2,250 jobs.

Advisory Report MDF & Systemic Change Report 6 July 2018

DFAT-IFC partnership: supporting private sector development

Up to $12 million 2016-2020

We are partnering with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support the Fiji Government achieve its economic development priorities of improving small-medium enterprise performance, building Fiji's international trade competitiveness, stimulating private sector, foreign direct investment and provision of low-cost housing.  

This partnership has established ambitious goals, including generating USD200 million in new private sector investment and improving the economic empowerment of 10,000 women by June 2020.

Significant work is underway in supporting Fiji's 2021 Tourism Development Plan, a market assessment for the Special Economic Zone in the western region, and a review of Fiji's Investment Policy Framework and Act. Under the partnership, we are also supporting the Fiji Government’s efforts to introduce disaster risk insurance to low-income households.

Institutional Partnerships Program (IPP)

Up to $16 million, 2015-2020

This program aims to improve the regulatory environment for the private sector and help build a stronger Fijian public sector with a focus on economic governance, public sector reform and strengthening institutions such as Parliament and the Fijian Elections Office.

Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP)–Phase 2

Up to $9 million, 2014 – 2020

Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide program that has helped over 1.78 million low-income Pacific islanders gain access to financial services and financial education. It achieves these results by funding innovation with financial services and delivery channels, supporting policy and regulatory initiatives, and empowering consumers.

Australia has supported PFIP to work with the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) and Fiji's Ministry of Education to mainstream financial education into the school curriculum, targeting all school children in Fiji. This means that every year some 200,000 students in Years 1 – 12 are given the building blocks for lifelong skills to better manage money, make investments, and interact with the financial sector.

PFIP is piloting a project with the Fiji Government as part of its commitment to the Better Than Cash Alliance (BTCA) to digitise payments for public services. The program is also supporting innovation in financial products and new business models by the private sector, including the introduction of mobile money, in-store banking and micro-insurance pilots.

Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access - PHAMA Plus

Up to $0.3 million, 2018 – 2022

PHAMA Plus aims to contribute to improved economic growth and improved rural livelihoods for Pacific peoples. PHAMA Plus builds on the successes of the previous phase (2009-2018) to support selected Pacific Island Countries to increase the quantity and quality of their agricultural, horticultural and cultural exports in ways that benefit producers, exporters and importers.

In Fiji, PHAMA provided support to six taro exporters to gain food safety (or HACCP) accreditation allowing them to sell increased volumes of products at better prices to Australian and New Zealand supermarkets. Thousands of taro farmers who supply these exporters have benefited from increased farm gate prices. PHAMA also supported the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture to introduce Fiji's first kava quality manual and standard in 2017, and the taro quality manual in 2018. With the Australian market opened to Fiji's fresh ginger in 2013, Australia, through the PHAMA Plus program, is now working to pursue further market access expansion including for Fiji's breadfruit and chilli.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Fiji–Australia Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Development 1995 Memorandum of Understanding

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