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The Pacific Humanitarian Pathway – COVID-19 will cost around US$22 million, says Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Political Issues Adviser and Leader of Emergency Response Team, Alifeleti (Alfred) Soakai.
Speaking to journalists, Soakai said donor partners have stepped forward to help Pacific Island Forum Secretariat to foot the cost.
He said USAID has injected USD$500,000 under the World Food Programme and Australia has contributed USD$3 million.
Soakai said the major cost of the humanitarian exercise will be on transportation.
“There is a budget that we have in place and at the top of my head everything for the PHP and the joint incident management team is valued at about USD$22 million dollars.
“There are different funding streams available. And we have funding provided by Australia. We are also in discussions with the EU to repurpose some of the funding for the region specifically for the region’s response and preparedness for the COVID-19.
“The secretariat itself, our cost is a minimum because we are here in-house. This is our job and we are providing this as we have to and it's a minimum cost to us,” he said.
SOURCE: WANSOLWARA ONLINE/PACNEWS
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