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Fiji, India Bond Will Grow

India will continue to support Fiji, says the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal. Speaking during the 70th Republic Day of India celebration at the High Commissioner’s residence in
27 Jan 2019 13:03
Fiji, India Bond Will Grow
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal at the 70th Republic Day of India reception at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay on January 26, 2019. Photo: Swashna Chand

India will continue to support Fiji, says the Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal.

Speaking during the 70th Republic Day of India celebration at the High Commissioner’s residence in Princes Road, Suva, yesterday Mr Sapkal said Fiji and India were excellent partners in the development processes, even though we were geographically distanced by more than 12,000 kilometres.

“We have a strong bond,” Mr Sapkal said.

“India is a committed development partner of Fiji. India being a developing country would like to grow together with Fiji.”

Two major events were held to celebrate the day. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama attended last night’s reception at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay.

“India is supporting Fiji’s Micro and Small Businesses Grant (MSBG) facility. We have provided FJ$4.7 million to the Fijian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector,” he said.

“The same has been distributed amongst 4752 Fijian beneficiaries who are contributing significantly in the Fijian economy. We also signed a memorandum of agreement for further contribution of US$2.8 million (FJD$5.8 million).

“The Fijian SME sector and first tranche of US$840,000 (FJ$1.7 million) was given during the visit of our Minister of the State for Health and Family Welfare in May 2018. The second tranche of US$980,000 (FJ$2.05 million) was also given to Fijian MITT. We are committed to continue our assistance.”

A musical group provides the entertainment as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama joins Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, during the 70th Republic Day of India reception at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay on January 26. Photo: Swashna Chand

A musical group provides the entertainment as Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama joins Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, during the 70th Republic Day of India reception at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay on January 26. Photo: Swashna Chand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Sapkal said they were grateful to the Government and the people of Fiji.

“Hearts of India and Fiji beat synchronously. India also felt the pains of Fijians after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016,” he said.

“India continues to provide its assistance to the Fijian Sugar Industry. Earlier we have given US$55.78 million (FJ$117 million) of LOC’s to the Fiji Sugar Corporation. India contributed US$1 million (FJ$2.09 million) towards Fiji’s Trust Fund for Presidency of COP23. India will be carrying out solar electrification of 200 houses in Fiji.

“More than 30 Fijian students avail scholarships for Graduation/Post- Graduation/ Doctorate courses in renowned Indian Universities also.

“India and Fiji have traditionally enjoyed warm and cordial relations on the strong foundation of historical and cultural heritage. These are two geographically distant yet culturally and historically close nations.”

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Vijay Nath, said the 70th Republic Day of India was an enjoyable occasion for everyone.

“I hope the bond between us continues and becomes stronger,” Mr Nath said.

“I want Fiji and India to continue supporting each other and India has done so much for Fiji.” Edited by Percy Kean

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