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PM Leaves For Jaipur Summit

Fiji stands to gain more assistance from India during the second edition of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPCI) at Jaipur this week. The Fijian delegation, led by Prime
17 Aug 2015 12:30
PM Leaves For Jaipur Summit
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji stands to gain more assistance from India during the second edition of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Co-operation (FIPCI) at Jaipur this week.

The Fijian delegation, led by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama left yesterday.

He is accompanied by his wife Mary, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Women Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Luke Daunivalu, the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Naipote Katonitabua, and PM’s Personal Staff Officer (PSO), Captain Isireli Tagivakatini.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun from Australia yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said he would attend a series of meetings in India.

“Fiji places an importance on the initiative by India to host the Pacific Islands leaders,” he said.

The summit, is attended by 14 regional countries – Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Niue, Palau, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Climate change effect in the region is expected to be high on the agenda.

Indian High Commisioner to Fiji, Gitesh Sarma also left yesterday and will receive the PM and his delegation on  Wednesday in Delhi.

“Pacific island countries lack expertise in certain fields so this summit will discuss ways in which India can assist them, especially in the areas of science, agriculture and technological development,” Mr Sarma said.

“The first summit was held last November in Fiji where Pacific Islands leaders discussed certain issues facing the region with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.”

Mr Bainimarama will join other leaders during the summit to discuss ways to enhance India’s relationship with Fiji and other Pacific Island countries.

Mr Sarma said: “Fiji plays a major role in regional development of the Pacific as it is the most central country. They have played an outstanding effort in trying to link services to other small Pacific Island countries and bilateral engagement is one of the top agenda between Fiji and India.

“This summit has come at a good time as Fiji is about to host the Pacific Islands Development Forum later this year.”

Delegates at the summit will also visit the famous Taj Mahal in Agra as part of the programme.

The summit is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Jaipur.

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