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More Benefits From India-Pacific Meet

Fiji is set to benefit more from the India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC) forum in Jaipur, India on August 21. Following its first successful meeting here last November where the Indian
05 Aug 2015 11:04
More Benefits From India-Pacific Meet
Fijian High Commissioner to India Yogesh Karan in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji is set to benefit more from the India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPIC) forum in Jaipur, India on August 21.

Following its first successful meeting here last November where the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was chief guest, Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan, said topic of discussions like climate change, renewable energy, low cost housing, health medical care, tele-medicine and education and agriculture were relevant to Fiji.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will lead a strong Fijian delegation to India for the FIPIC forum.

Mr Karan said the Government of India was paying for all the expenses of the five delegates to the forum from each of the 14 Pacific island countries taking part.

“This will be a big meeting as all the Pacific leaders will attend,” he said.

In Mr Modi’s visit last year and during the first FIPIC meeting, three memorandums of understanding were signed.

The three MoUs were for the exchange of land for a new chancery building in New Delhi, on diplomatic exchanges to allow Fijian diplomats to train in India, and on project financing for an electricity co-generation plant funded through the Exim Bank of India.

Mr Bainimarama left yesterday for the Fiji Day celebrations in Canada and his next overseas trip will be India for the FIPIC forum.

 

Students visa expire

Mr Karan said some Fijian students in India had their visa expired.

This he said was not a serious matter as the students needed to visit India’s Foreign Registration Office for the renewal of their visa.

He said Fiji had a very good record on students’ visa.

Mr Karan also urged Fiji students in India to visit the Fiji Office regularly but not only when they were in trouble.

At the moment, he said they did not receive any reports on Fiji students getting into trouble.

The Fiji students, he said, were well behaved.

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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