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Deal Helps Fijians, Women

A Joint Technical Working Group will be established by the Fijian Embassy in Indonesia. It is expected to boost bilateral co-operation between the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.
01 Dec 2014 08:32
Deal Helps Fijians, Women
Indonesia, Fiji

A Joint Technical Working Group will be established by the Fijian Embassy in Indonesia.

It is expected to boost bilateral co-operation between the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

This was confirmed during a visit made by Fiji’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Ratu Seremaia Tui Cavuilati, to the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar last week.

The Group will implement programmes outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Fiji and Indonesia last December.

“Fiji does not have to reinvent the will in terms of the modality and machines. For example, we have already started the seaweed project in Mau and now we need to look at the sustainability of that project,” Ratu Tui said.

“Projects like locally produced fish crackers will be activated. For that we have an expert from Indonesia who will be coming over to Fiji on December 5 to provide skills training. Indonesia has also donated machines for that project and we are looking forward to introduce similar livelihood projects in Fiji.”

Ms Akbar said this would help broaden economic opportunities for Fijians and also our women.

“We hope that through this co-operation more projects will reach those in rural communities of Fiji. The machines for Fiji’s first mini flour mill has already been sent from Indonesia. Currently the ministry is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to expand the Nasalia Women’s Resource Centre, following which the machines will be installed, depending on how soon the resource centre is organised,” she said.

The agreement was made possible through the Fijian government’s Look North Policy that aims to forge and strengthen trading relations with developing countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, China and India.

Feedback:  litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 



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