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A-G Praises Japan

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Service and Public Enterprise, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday commended the contribution of the Japanese government towards the South- South Co-operation Project (SSCP). This follows
31 Jan 2015 11:55
A-G Praises Japan
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum receives the key of the minibus from the Ambassador of Japan, Takuji Hanatani, at the PSC Centre for Training and Development. Photo: DEPFO news

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Service and Public Enterprise, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday commended the contribution of the Japanese government towards the South- South Co-operation Project (SSCP).

This follows the purchasing of a 30-seater bus under the project by Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was fortunate that Japan, not being a south country, came forward to assist Pacific Island countries.

“What is obviously peculiar in this scenario today is that you have a country that is not from the South, but is participating in South-South Co-operation,” Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said.

“We need to acknowledge that the Japanese government has stepped ahead of any other country that is not from the South and have said that they will actually help facilitate South-South Co-operation. Not necessarily by themselves doing everything, but getting a country from the South in Fiji to facilitate training from other countries in the South, in this case Kiribati and Tuvalu.”

He said not many countries had taken direct assistance in helping two southern countries getting together and providing South-South Co-operation.

The JICA-funded SSC Project was established last year and is dedicated towards providing capacity building training to personnel from Kiribati and Tuvalu for three years until 2017.

Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani said the bus would be used by the Public Service Commission to transport regional participants training under the SSCP.

Under the project, Japan is providing US$1.3million to Fiji’s Public Service Commission to establish capacity building programmes for Kiribati and Tuvalu and other Pacific island countries.

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