Australian government to support Pacific countries with land administration program
In the new Federal Budget, the Australian government has said A$6.5million will be allocated in 2008/09, to “support partner government-led improvements in land administration. Australian funding will help address the challenges to land use and ownership from urbanization. Clarification of land title is a key prerequisite for private investment. Funding will also improve the skills of professionals and semi-professionals in areas such as planning, surveying and valuing.”
The partnership will provide a new framework for Australia and the Pacific island nations to commit jointly to achieving improved development outcomes, on the basis of mutual respect and mutual responsibility,” the government says in a statement.
Australia will also invest A$127million over four years, with A$5.5million in 2008-09, to improve basic infrastructure services in the Pacific—including transport, sanitation, waste management, energy and communications.
The so-called Pacific Public Sector Capacity project will also see Australia allocate A$107million over four years, with A$6million in 2008-09, to strengthen public sector administration in the Pacific including management and policy reform.
Source: Pacific Magazine