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Modi Fiji Focus

Modi Fiji Focus
Narendra Modi.
November 15
08:44 2014

Up to six memorandum of understanding are expected to be signed between India and Fiji when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the country on Wednesday.

A big traditional welcome ceremony for Mr Modi has been organised at Albert Park, Suva, where he is expected to address Fijians.

He is also delivering his second address at the Fiji National University Nasinu Campus at 5pm on “Pacific Islands and India’s Trade and Diplomacy.”

Fijian High Commissioner to India Yogesh Karan, who arrived into the country on Tuesday to assist in preparation for Mr Modi’s arrival, said this visit was of much significance to Fiji and India.

Mr Karan said Fiji and India went through similar reforms under their respective Prime Ministers, who had been elected this year.

“The two countries are very much into developing from reforms. This visit is going to strengthen our relations to a great height. The Pacific island leaders visit is also going to be held during this visit and for many of these nations, this would be their first meeting with the Indian Prime Minister.

“This brings Fiji in as a focal point. This visit is not just of great significance and benefit to Fiji but also for the other Pacific island countries.”

Mr Karan said this visit by Mr Modi had moved the focus of the Indian media to Fiji and had raised Fiji’s profile in India already.

“There is a lot of curiosity in India as to why their Prime Minister is visiting a small island state in comparison to India. This is about our bilateral relations. This is about the friendly relations Fiji and India has which goes back to 1879.”

A high level delegation will be accompanying Mr Modi.

One of the MOUs that will be signed between the two countries will be on exchange of land for respective high commissions to be developed.

Fiji is looking at building its chancery in New Delhi and India is planning to build its own in Suva. Currently, both high commissions are based in leased buildings. Having their own buildings in respective countries will take diplomatic relations between Fiji and India to another level.

The second MOU to be signed will be on Fijian diplomats getting training in India.

India runs intensive courses for those wishing to become career diplomats and is ranked one of the best in the world.

Details of other MOUs were being finalised when this edition went to press.




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