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Countries Ready To Work In Partnership: Modi

India is ready to partner with Fiji in modernising its industries, says it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Modi was in the country for a one-day visit yesterday and met
20 Nov 2014 11:32
Countries Ready To Work In Partnership: Modi

India is ready to partner with Fiji in modernising its industries, says it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Modi was in the country for a one-day visit yesterday and met Pacific Island leaders also.

“As Fiji adjusts to the changing global markets, India is prepared to be your partner in making your existing industries stronger and finding new opportunities for your youth,” Mr Modi said.

He said in a country like India and Fiji, village- small- and -medium -scale industries were the main sources of employment and enterprise.

“Today, I am pleased to announce a grant of US$5 million to strengthen and modernise Fiji’s village, small and medium industries.”

Mr Modi also announced:

– A line of credit of $70m for a co-generation power plant at the Rarawai Sugar Mill, in Ba;

– An additional line of credit of $5m for upgrading the sugar industry in Fiji.

“Agriculture supports a majority of the population in India and Fiji. I offer our expertise and assistance in increasing productivity in the agriculture sector.

“As the largest producer of milk in the world, India can help develop your dairy industry, which can also contribute to your exports.

“In areas like fisheries, textiles and garments and gems and jewellery, we can expand trade,” Mr Modi said.

He said India was also committed to building a digital Fiji and equipping the country’s youths to integrate Fiji into the global IT network.

“In this digital age, every nation can be part of the global information technology industry and it is a dream that youth around the world share.”

“It is an industry that depends on ideas and skills. It offers a great path to prosperity. And, it has a light carbon footprint,” he said.

Mr Modi also confirmed that India would deepen its cooperation with Fiji in education and training and would double the number of its scholarships.


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