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PM Meets Fijian Community

May 21
13:07 2018

Prime Min­ister Voreqe Bainimarama met members of the Fijian community living in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. He gave them an update on the outcomes of the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meet­ing (PALM8) at Iwaki City.

Without going into specifics Mr Bainimarama told those present that the bilateral meetings at PALM8 were “fruitful”.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with members of the Fijian delegation and Fijian residents in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19, 2018. Photos: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with members of the Fijian delegation and Fijian residents in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19, 2018. Photos: DEPTFO News

The meeting was between Japa­nese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders from 14 Pacific Island countries, plus representatives from New Caledonia, French Poly­nesia, Australia and New Zealand.

Notable achievements were made in the meeting with Mr Abe, in­cluding a commitment by Japan to aid Pacific development projects and enhance maritime enforce­ment capacity building.

Members of the Fijian delegation and Fijian residents in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Members of the Fijian delegation and Fijian residents in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Present at the meeting were Fiji­ans studying under the Japanese Government-funded Pacific Lead­ers’ Educational Assistance for De­velopment of State (LEADS) schol­arship programme.

Japan has agreed to boost people-to-people exchange with the Pacific Island Countries.

It plans to train some 5000 people during the next three years in a bid to improve Human Resources in the region.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine during PALM8 in Fukushima, Japan ,on May 19, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine during PALM8 in Fukushima, Japan ,on May 19, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

In a Talanoa session, the students raised issues about the advertis­ing of some of their posts in Fiji while they were studying, which Mr Bainimarama said he would look into.

The PM urged the students to work hard and be worthy ambassa­dors for the country in Japan.

Fijian embassy officials were also present at the meeting.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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