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A-G Talks Climate Resilience With Indian, Dutch Envoys

Fiji’s efforts to build its resilience to climate change in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston has been the common focus of talks between the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance
23 Jun 2016 08:47
A-G Talks Climate Resilience With Indian, Dutch Envoys
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the non-resident Ambassador for the Netherlands, Rob Zaagman. Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji’s efforts to build its resilience to climate change in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston has been the common focus of talks between the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and envoys of India and the Netherlands.

The new Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, said India was willing to step up its assistance to Fiji beyond what was already offered in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, which included a US$1 million (FJ$2.08m) donation to be allocated at the Government’s discretion.

The fresh assistance includes Indian funding for 30 schools under the Government’s ‘Adopt a School’ programme and an agreement forging close co-operation between the national disaster management organisations of India and Fiji.

The High Commissioner said India had been forced to cope with a large number of cyclones hitting its eastern seaboard in recent years and had gained valuable experience which would benefit our National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

In his meeting with the non-resident Ambassador for the Netherlands, Rob Zaagman, the A-G discussed Fiji’s proposal to hold an international seminar on the legal consequences of climate change, including the complex issues surrounding the resettlement of climate refugees.

The Dutch envoy reaffirmed his government’s interest in taking part in such a gathering and bringing Dutch experts to Fiji to hold detailed discussions on the challenges of climate change.

The A-G spoke about the problems faced by countries such as Fiji in accessing climate change funding because of the lack of bankable projects because of small economies of scale.

Source: DEPTFO News

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