Indian Trade Missions to Visit Here
Jaipur – Indian trade delegations should visit Fiji soon to look at opportunities, especially in the construction sector, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Voreqe Bainimarama have agreed.
India will also collaborate with Fiji in the agriculture and dairy sectors, and help in building capacity for resilience against disasters.
The leaders helped a bilateral meeting in Jaipur at the Rambagh Palace in conjunction with the FIPIC (Forum for India- Pacific Islands Cooperation) Summit .
Mr Bainimarama raised the issue of cooperation in setting up a medical centre in Fiji, which could act as hub for the region, in collaboration with an Indian healthcare major with participation and involvement of both governments.
He also expressed his desire to set up a pharmaceutical plant in Fiji with Indian collaboration and for investment in the tourism sector.
Both sides agreed to expand cooperation in defence and security, for which the relevant delegations will meet shortly in Fiji.
Mr Modi also held bilateral meetings with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’ Neill, Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman, and Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa.
Papua New Guinea
India will also support Papua New Guinea in developing the infrastructure sector, especially roads, highways and airports. PNG expressed its desire to obtain US$100 million as loan from Exim Bank of India for this purpose, which will be considered favourably.
Both sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in Defence, Capacity Building, Public Administration, Health, Education and the Oil and Gas sectors.
India will send a trade delegation to PNG shortly.
PM Kilman and PM Modi discussed capacity building in Vanuatu. They agreed that provision of grants had to be meant for the purpose intended by the recipient country and needed to be focused on indentified needs.
In this context, Vanuatu thanked India for its cash assistance of US$250,000 in wake of cyclone Pam.
Nauru expressed its appreciation for Indian help in building sea walls to combat rising sea levels. Both sides agreed to take this development cooperation forward, build capacity in Nauru for disaster management and response to the adverse impact of Climate Change.
India will also ask its experts to work with Nauru in repairing the mooring to ensure that the docking of ships can take place in an effortless manner.
SOURCE: BUSINESS STANDARD