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$2m From China For Our Police

$2m From China For Our Police
Acting Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence Jioji Konrote (left) exchanges documents with China’s Vice-Minister for Public Security Deng Weipeng after the Chinese two-million grant was finalised yesterday. Photo: Police Media Cell
September 11
10:19 2015

The Chinese government is helping the Fiji Police Force through a $2 million grant.

This is to improve Fiji Police Force through the use of specialised equipments and improvement of daily policing operations.

This was announced yesterday when China’s Vice Minister of Public Security, Deng Weiping met the Acting Fijian Minister for Defence Security and Immigration, Jioji Konrote, Permanent Secretary for Defence, Osea Cawaru and Commissioner of Police, Ben Groenewald .

Their discussion involved topics of improving relations, assisting each other through capacity building and training, combating corruption, addressing transnational crimes and even development of the Regional Police Academy.

Mr Den said he was honoured to offer China’s support to the Fiji Police Force.

He said China and Fiji faced the same problem of transnational and economic crimes.

“I am pleased to announce an additional aid worth of $2m to the Fiji Police Force to help in its daily operations,” he said.

“This will include motorcycles and Digital Monitoring System to assist in police operations and investigations.

“It is necessary to have further discussion on practical matters for both parties through bilateral and Interpol, especially to improve against transnational and economic crimes.

He thanked Fiji and the Fiji Police Force for their assistance in the past to extradite Chinese fugitives back to China.

Mr Konrote thanked the Chinese government for their support to Fiji.

“Transnational crime is of concern to both countries, so is corruption. We are happy to have the Chinese government supporting us in a concerted effort to tackle crime,” Mr Konrote said.

The Fiji Police Force has had six Chinese Police officers on attachment since their exchange programme was signed back in 2013.

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