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Korea Ready To Help In Our Climate Fight

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is ready to provide up to $2 million to Fiji for its climate change readiness programmes. “This will include an assessment of the current climate
28 Jul 2015 09:06
Korea Ready To Help In Our Climate Fight
Staff of the Green Climate Policy Division of the ROK’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance with Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Photo: Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is ready to provide up to $2 million to Fiji for its climate change readiness programmes.

“This will include an assessment of the current climate change and green growth policies of Fiji, analysis on the energy demand of Fiji and the development of a national renewable energy plan,” said the Director General of the Green Climate Policy Division of the ROK’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Kim Hoe Jeong.

“This would assist in project pipeline development which will include potential project locations, feasibility studies, and development of a project pipeline and preparing of a GCF funding proposal.”

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, thanked Mr Jeong for his expert advise and acknowledged the ROK’s hands on experiences with developing energy independent islands and key technologies, in particular, solar photovoltaics and energy storage systems.

He pledged Government’s support to the work to be undertaken by the Green Climate Policy Division in Fiji particularly in advancing Fiji’s readiness projects.

Ratu Inoke thanked the ROK Government for their support saying that the ROK is recognised as a leader in climate change negotiation and this support will be appreciated.

“We welcome the support and look forward to some positives outcomes in the coming negotiations and also constructive outputs in terms of adaptation and mitigation projects and programmes,” he said.

In his meeting in Seoul with his counterpart in ROK, Yun Byung-se, Ratu Inoke was told that the Government of ROK would do all it could to provide constructive and tangible support including representation at the next round of climate change negotiations in Paris.

“Our President has made it very clear in recent meetings that vulnerable countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are to be at the top most priority,” Mr Byung-se said.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the Green Climate Policy Division of the ROK’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance, expressed the ROK’s Ministry of Strategy and Finances’ willingness to engage with Fiji to pursue support of the Readiness Programme from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to be able to identify and develop climate change related projects for funding.

The two ministers also discussed possible VIP state tours, ROK-PIC cooperation and international relations and elections. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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