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South Korea Keen To Help More

The Republic of Korea (ROK) or South Korea, wants to expand its ties with Fiji, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said. Ratu Inoke said this after his
24 Jul 2015 09:52
South Korea Keen To Help More
Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with his counterpart from the Republic of Korea (ROK) or South Korea, Yun Byung-se in Seoul. Photo: Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Republic of Korea (ROK) or South Korea, wants to expand its ties with Fiji, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said.

Ratu Inoke said this after his meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se in Seoul on Wednesday.

Ratu Inoke revealed that Mr Byung-se, in their meeting said: “Fiji is a key country in the Pacific Island region”.

He said because of that, South Korea placed importance on enhancing its relations with Fiji and has expressed hope that co-operation between the two countries would expand further.

Ratu Inoke said the two countries were increasing their co-operation in various sectors including oceans and climate change, and hoped that high-level exchanges between the two countries would be further facilitated.

Minister Yun requested the Fijian side’s interest and support regarding harbour development projects among the two countries and Korean companies doing business in promising sectors like biomass, deep-sea mineral resources, ocean science, and fishery.

In response, Ratu Inoke said Fiji would actively support Korean companies with competitive advantages in the global market in their efforts to enter the Fijian market, and work for the successful implementation of the harbour development projects.

Mr Yun explained that South Korea was actively participating in the international community’s efforts to respond to climate change. South Korea, he said, had submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) and hoped that programmes in developing countries supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) would help Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, strengthen their capacities to respond to climate change.

Ratu Inoke applauded South Korea’s leadership in climate change response, and said that since joining the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in 2014, Fiji had been making efforts to respond to climate change.

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