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Intense Training Programme to Strengthen China-Pacific Ties

China, while proactively engaged with the Pacific Island counties in recent years, has witnessed substantial exchanges and co-oper­ation in economy and trade, culture, education and health care sectors. Guangdong Province
20 Oct 2018 11:00
Intense Training Programme to Strengthen China-Pacific Ties
Fiji Sun’s North Editor Shratika Naidu (front row, second from left), with fellow participants from Pacific Island countries taking part in the 2018 Programme for Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries, in Guangdong Province, China.

China, while proactively engaged with the Pacific Island counties in recent years, has witnessed substantial exchanges and co-oper­ation in economy and trade, culture, education and health care sectors.

Guangdong Province in particular, has carried out increasing co-opera­tion with Pacific Island countries in tourism, marine fisheries, health care, education, economy and trade with lo­cal Governments.

To sustain and facilitate the prag­matic co-operation between two sides, from May 2015 to October 2017, the For­eign Affairs Office of the People’s Gov­ernment of Guangdong (GDFAO) has welcomed 162 participants from eight Pacific Island Countries.

To inject further vitality into the tan­gible win-win co-operation, GDFAO or­ganised the 2018 Programme for Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries, advancing pragmatic exchanges and co-operation with Pacific Island Coun­tries in Guangdong and across China.

Foreign Affairs Office of the Guang­dong People’s Government deputy di­rector general Feng Cang during the opening ceremony of this program welcomed 38 participants from seven countries at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China on Monday.

The participants, who are civil serv­ants from Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue and Federated States of Micronesia, are undergoing three weeks of intensive training.

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies Dean of Institute for Inter­national Education Xuehong Liang, while welcoming the participants, said the objective of this training was to link up greater details of co-opera­tion and strengthen the relationship between Guangdong Province and Pa­cific Island countries.

“If you look geographically, Guang­dong Province in China is the closest to the Pacific Island countries. Many Chinese in your countries are mainly from Guangdong province, who have settled centuries ago,” Mr Liang said.

“So basically we have been having a relationship with your countries since then.

“By the end of the programme on No­vember 2, 2018, you should be a men­tally changed person,” he said.

“We bring participants to China espe­cially Guangdong Province to see for yourself through site visits and meet­ing various people how economically we are strong.

“They say seeing is believing.

“The other objective of this training is that Guangdong Province has the longest coastal line in China and hav­ing this we want to grow business op­portunities with Pacific Island Coun­tries.

“Guangdong province was the first reopening of a reformed China.”

He said the idea to have this pro­gramme came up when China’s Presi­dent Xi Jinping, attended a meeting in Fiji, where leaders from other Pacific Islands countries, who has diplomatic ties with China, also attended.

The programme’s participants from Fiji are:

Ministry of Health and Medical Services executive assistant to permanent secretary Atirutak­enimatang Kaure,

Ministry of Agriculture senior Agriculture Officer Tuni Kalive­tau,

Ministry of Agriculture senior administrative officer Geeta Devi,

Ministry of Agriculture sen­ior economic planning officer Kirisitiana Remeo;

Ministry of Fisheries acting senior fisheries officer Viliame Bainivesi,

Office of the Prime Minister’s clerical officer Netani Laqere

Office of the Prime Minister’s Assistant accounts officer Ree­nal Raghni  and myself, Shratika Naidu, from the Fiji Sun.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

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