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India Look At Ways To Help Pacific Island Countries

India Look At Ways To Help Pacific  Island Countries
May 11
11:00 2017

The Indian government is looking at high level discussions with local and foreign public and private stakeholders in this month’s two-day conference in Suva.

This will be a platform for India to analyse ways it could help 14 countries under the Forum for India Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC) including Fiji in areas such as transmitting renewable energy and disaster preparedness.

The India-Pacific Sustainable Development Conference which is scheduled for May 25 and 26 will be hosted by Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Retired General Vijay Kumar Singh.

An organiser, Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, a senior director for Communication Outreach and Advocacy Unit at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) at New Delhi in India, said 14 Pacific Island Countries will meet for this for discussions on various issues.

“Under the larger narrative of sustainability, the conference will focus on issues such as healthcare, renewable energy interventions, stronger blue economy, financing mechanisms and disaster preparedness, which are of mutual concern to India and the PICs,” Dr Vancheswaran said.

The conference will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, and initiate public-private partnerships and collaborations for the benefit of all participating countries, she added.

The conference is a forward agenda of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for the Forum for India Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC).

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