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Australia Will Invest $84M Over Six Years

Australia will invest $84 million over the next six years to the University of the South Pacific. This was announced by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at USP yesterday.
19 Jan 2019 10:58
Australia Will Invest $84M Over Six Years
From left Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison,Fijian Minister for Education Rosy Akbar with the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council Winston Thompson at the Japan ICT Centre Suva on January 18,2019.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Australia will invest $84 million over the next six years to the University of the South Pacific.

This was announced by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at USP yesterday.

He said USP had a unique role in developing the skills needed to drive the region’s development and economic growth long into the future.

“This agreement will see Australia support efforts to invest in the young people of our region, passionate people, vibrant people, intelligent people, through the focus on improving the quality of teacher education and through the education of students at the tertiary level in fields such as economics, human resource management and tourism management,” he said.

He added that it would also promote greater linkages between the USP and Australia’s tertiary education sector.

UN Peace keeping

Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny paid his tribute to our fallen shoulders at the National War Memorial on Thursday.

He said Fiji has earned respect for its decades-long commitment to UN peacekeeping operations in some of the most dangerous parts of the world.

“Let me place on record my deep appreciation and that of Australia, for the sacrifice of Fijians in keeping the peace around the world. More than 50 Fijians have lost their lives, sacrificed their lives serving in peacekeeping missions all around the world.

“But I must admit I was struck by just how many and how great a price has been paid by Fiji serving the cause of peace with the UN. That is something that should be deeply respected by all nations who form part of the UN and by the United Nations themselves.”

Climate Change

Mr Morrison said Australia had recognised the Climate Change challenges and the need for global action.

“We have made commitments in the area of climate change and we’re keeping them and we’ll keep them and stick with them and act on them. We will do that particularly here in the Pacific.

“We remain firmly committed to our international agreements and the targets we’ve committed to under those agreements. We’ve committed to reduce our emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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