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Singapore Envoy Visits

Bilateral relations between Fiji and Singapore are expected to develop further with the official visit of the non-resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Fiji, Verghese Mathews. Earlier
20 Jan 2019 12:22
Singapore Envoy Visits
Non-Resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Fiji, His Excellency Verghese Mathews (left) with the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Major General (Ret’d) Ioane Naivalurua

Bilateral relations between Fiji and Singapore are expected to develop further with the official visit of the non-resident High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to Fiji, Verghese Mathews.

Earlier last week, Mr Mathews met Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Major General (Ret’d) Ioane Naivalurua at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva.

Mr Mathews said the visit was an opportunity to reach out to the government ministries in Fiji to seek greater engagement with the objective to advance the interests of both countries.

The envoy will meet senior government officials and non-government organisation representatives with a view to broaden socio-economic co-operation between Fiji and Singapore.

Over the past 48 years of establishing diplomatic relations, Fiji has received tremendous assistance from Singapore on a bilateral and regional basis.

Since the establishment of the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) for more than a decade now, more than 1000 Fijian officials have benefited from their pa ticipation mainly in education and skills development courses in areas of finance, public administration and economic development programmes.

This has significantly contributed in the progressive changes in the public service delivery and overall improvement in developing human resources.

The existing partnership between Singapore and developing partner countries including Fiji has also been enhanced through the Singapore Cooperation Programme, which provides socioeconomic opportunities in areas of diplomacy, governance, environmental sustainability, health, education and infrastructural development to name a few.

 




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