Solomon Islands remains the third largest recipient of Australian aid globally, according to the Australian Government 2015-16 Budget.
Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne confirms, despite a reduction in Australia’s global aid budget, the budget for Solomon Islands remains unchanged at AUD$92.7 million this year.
Commissioner Byrne says the Australian Budget delivered last night reaffirms Australia’s commitment to supporting Pacific countries, including Solomon Islands, to achieve economic growth and prosperity.
He stressed, Australia remains committed collaborating with the Solomon Islands Government, support its policy agenda by prioritising programs that help maintain stability, enable economic growth and enhance human development.
Australia’s total Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment to Solomon Islands in 2015-16 is expected to be approximately AUD$176.7 million which includes Australia’s support for RAMSI as well as bilateral development assistance and funding through regional and global programs.