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Indonesia Strengthens Bilateral Ties

Fiji and Indonesia’s strengthened bilateral ties will increase development opportunities in areas of women empowerment and poverty alleviation. This was revealed during a meeting between the Ministry for Women, Children
12 Dec 2014 10:34
Indonesia Strengthens  Bilateral Ties
From left: Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta with Esti Andayani, director-general of information and public diplomacy and Dr Gary Jusuf, the Indonesian Ambassador to Fiji. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Fiji and Indonesia’s strengthened bilateral ties will increase development opportunities in areas of women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

This was revealed during a meeting between the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and the Indonesian Embassy in Fiji yesterday.

The director-general of Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Esti Andayani said Indonesia would strengthen its technical and financial assistance to Fiji.

“I’m pleased to say that Indonesia has pledged five years of commitment to increase assistance to promote capacity building in Pacific island countries,” Mrs Andayani said.

She said they had started to map the needs of the countries and Fiji in particular would benefit from a USD20 (FJD40) million funding allocated as part of Indonesia’s five year pledge towards Pacific nations.

“We believe that Fiji can be the hub for other Pacific countries and a joint working group will soon help increase the two countries in areas of women, children empowerment and poverty alleviation.”

The Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta thanked the Indonesian government for their commitment towards the development of Fiji.

“We are grateful to the Indonesian Government for providing the necessary training opportunities for women and youths in Fiji,” Dr Koroivueta said.

Starting next year, he said, the ministry would promote export driven products made by women and establish successful women entrepreneurs in Fiji.

“The skills training in production of seaweed byproducts, handicraft, and flour making using local resources are some of the few projects which have created positive impacts in the livelihood of the Fijians.”

Dr Koroivueta said they were looking forward to Indonesia’s assistance in their new venture to improve the lives of rural women in Fiji.

Feedback:  zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj

 



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