The European Union will provide 50 million dollars in direct budget support to the Fijian Government over the next three years.

EU Ambassador to the Pacific, Sujiro Seam says this is a sign of the trust and confidence placed by the EU in the government of Fiji.

Meanwhile, 20 million dollars is being paid as assistance payment for 2020.

The capacity of the government of Fiji to face the coronavirus outbreak is a testimony that the European Union has gauge to continue their financial assistance.

EU Ambassador Sujiro Seam says he was deeply moved by the many affected in the tourism sector, who are struggling to put food on the table.

EU is now focusing their budget support on rural livelihood.

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they are appreciative of the confidence that the European Union has placed in Fiji.

The support provided will be to reform the agriculture sector and implement a new strategy aimed at creating value, job opportunities, diversifying and coping with climate change.

Currently Fiji Airways is flying freight flights to Los Angeles, Sydney and Auckland, with over 70 percent of the freight taken out of Fiji being agriculture-based.

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