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$10.3Million Will Boost Development Of RFMF

July 11
11:00 2018

A budget allocation of $10.3 million will enable the Re­public of Fiji Military Forc­es (RFMF) to place great emphasis on institutional knowledge and fostering human capital develop­ment.

This will be done through train­ing development and programmes.

Minister for Defence Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, while responding to the 2018-2019 National Budget in Parliament on Monday, said such training was important for the cor­rect posturing of military person­nel and enhance interoperability with counterparts such as the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Defence Forces during natural disasters.

THE BUDGET, HE SAID, WOULD COVER:

  •  Overseas training;
  •  In-house training, including promotional courses; and
  •  Increase in meal allowances and periodic replacement of head-to-toe kits.

Ratu Inoke further revealed that the allocation would expand the RFMF band which was formed in 1917, evolving over the years and earning them a legacy and reputa­tion.

He added there was a need to ex­pand the military band to establish a navy band targeting unemployed youths with talent and interests in music facilitated by the Minis­try for Youth and Sports Training Centre.

For the RFMF Engineering Unit, Ratu Inoke added, plans are in place for the construction of a new warehouse at Jerusalem Road in Nabua to manage the distribution of goods and services within the military.

He said the warehouse would fa­cilitate storage and distribution of Human Assistance and Disaster Relief stores.

The $1.4 million allocation for RFMF peacekeeping, Ratu Inoke said, would cater for the operation­al capabilities of military person­nel serving in the Middle East and maintenance works for the Bush­master Protected Mobility Vehi­cles.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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