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Indonesia and Fiji Police agree to elevate bilateral cooperation

The second Bilateral Working Group (BWG) between the Indonesian National Police (INP) and the Fiji Police Force (FPF) was held in Suva yesterday. The Indonesian delegation was led by Police Brigadier General Mr. Johni Asadoma, the Head for International Mission Bureau, Indonesian National Police, while the Fijian delegation was led by Mr. Isikeli Ligairi, Deputy Commissioner […]

Peni Shute

July 20, 2016 11:35 am

The second Bilateral Working Group (BWG) between the Indonesian National Police (INP) and the Fiji Police Force (FPF) was held in Suva yesterday.

Police Brigadier General Johni Asadoma of the Indonesian National Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi during the signing of the outcomes at the 2nd Bilateral Working Group on Police Cooperation. (Fiji Police Force)
Police Brigadier General Johni Asadoma of the Indonesian National Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi during the signing of the outcomes at the 2nd Bilateral Working Group on Police Cooperation. (Fiji Police Force)

The Indonesian delegation was led by Police Brigadier General Mr. Johni Asadoma, the Head for International Mission Bureau, Indonesian National Police, while the Fijian delegation was led by Mr. Isikeli Ligairi, Deputy Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force.

The heads of the respective delegations agreed that the second BWG would help further cement the bilateral police cooperation and elevate it to a higher level, and discussions revolved around means and ways to further strengthen and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, as well as capacity building programs.

In 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Preventing and Combating Transnational Crimes and Enhancing Capacity Building was signed between the two parties.

The eight areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU are namely:

  1. Trafficking of illicit drugs
  2. Psychotropic and precursors
  3. Terrorism
  4. Trafficking and smuggling of migrants
  5. Money laundering
  6. Trafficking of illicit arms and explosives
  7. Cyber-crimes
  8. International economic crime and corruption

During the opening session, the two heads of delegations expressed their satisfaction to the excellent state of cooperation between Indonesia and Fiji since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1974.

Since the signing of the MoU in 2011, both sides have conducted eleven programs/activities in Fiji and Indonesia through bilateral arrangements. Because of its success both delegations have agreed to extend the MoU for another three years.

Both delegations also noted the importance of increased participation for both sides in capacity building programs and agreed to encourage people-to- people contact and networking between officers and personnel.

In a statement, the Director International Affairs SSP Ulaiasi Ravula said it was also agreed to promote further cooperation in preventing and combating transnational crimes and enhancing capacity building, as it will strengthen stronger bilateral and regional cooperation in policing and the safety of the people of both countries.

The Fijian delegation also briefed Indonesia on the training programs in Fiji Police Academy, which covers recruit training, officer cadets program, promotional courses and examinations for subordinates and officers.

In order to achieve its maximum outcomes, both delegations agreed that future Police cooperation needs to be tailor-made to the needs of both sides, especially the Fijian Police.

The next BWG meeting is expected to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2017.

A delegation from the Indonesia National Police (INP) is in the country to hold discussions with the Fiji Police Force (FPF).

Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho presents a Fiji Police Force plaque to the Indonesian Police's Brigadier General Johni Asa-doma (Fiji Police Force)
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho presents a Fiji Police Force plaque to the Indonesian Police’s Brigadier General Johni Asadoma (Fiji Police Force)

In a press conference, Fiji’s Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said this was the second joint technical group session between the Indonesia National Police and the Fiji Police Force.

QILIHO: “Since the signing of the MOU in November 2011, close to twenty Fiji Police officers have attended training in Indonesia in various capacities including Staff College Training.”

The head of the INP delegation Brigadier-General Johni Asadoma who is also the head of the International Mission Bureau acknowledged the progress made so far between the two institutions.

ASADOMA: “This second bilateral working group between Fiji and Indonesia started from 2013 and during this period we have cooperated in two areas, namely the prevention and combating transnational crime and capacity building.”

Brigadier-General Asadoma said working in partnership was an integral component of policing and this corporation will help them to share ideas and information to combat crime in Fiji and in Indonesia.

ASADOMA: “In preventing and combating transnational crime, in this globalization era, there’s no country that can fight transnational crime alone, we need to cooperate to support our country and to support our region.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier-General Qiliho said the meeting would help deepen the relationship between Fiji and Indonesia.

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