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Fiji and Indonesian sign MOU on disaster risk management

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Indonesian counterpart, Hon. Willem Rampangilei in Suva yesterday. Minister Seruiratu thanked the Indonesian delegation for visiting Fiji and being part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on Disaster Risk Management. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 7, 2016 6:44 am

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Indonesian counterpart, Hon. Willem Rampangilei in Suva yesterday.

Indonesia's Chief Minister of National Agency for Disaster Management, His Excellency Mr Willem Rampangilei and the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu (DEPFTO).
Indonesia’s Chief Minister of National Agency for Disaster Management, His Excellency Mr Willem Rampangilei and the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu (DEPFTO).

Minister Seruiratu thanked the Indonesian delegation for visiting Fiji and being part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on Disaster Risk Management.

SERUIRATU: “The vulnerability of Fiji to natural hazards is mirrored in the devastating effect of Tropical Cyclone Winston. We in collaboration with our overseas counterparts including your government, have managed to stand firmly on our feet and provided the most needed relief assistance to the affected areas.”

The MOU involves:

  • Strengthening the exchange of knowledge and expertise in prevention and preparedness on disaster risk reduction,
  • Climate change adaptation and recovery
  • Enhancement of human resources quality through understanding best practices,
  • Participation in joint training’s, workshops and programs related to disaster risk management,
  • Mutual assistance in cases of natural disaster and
  • Engagement in other methods of cooperation as mutually agreed in writing by both parties.

In response, the Indonesian Minister, Mr Rampangilei said Fiji and Indonesia share similar climate conditions prone to natural disaster.

RAMPANGILEI: “I am happy to say that the MOU marks the beginning of new relationship in the area of disaster relief and management.”

He added that Indonesia stands ready to support Fiji in the name of humanity.

Minister Seruiratu said the NDMO team in the next few months is planning to visit the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in Indonesia to learn from the operations and processes and to see the design of their NDMA facility.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rampangilei also made a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Indonesia's Minister for National Agecny for Disaster Management HE Mr Willem Rampangilei exchanging gift with PM Bainimarama
Indonesia’s Minister for National Agecny for Disaster Management HE Mr Willem Rampangilei exchanging gift with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. (DEPFTO)

PM Bainimarama thanked the Indonesian delegations for their support to Fiji following Cyclone Winston and  also expressed his appreciation to the Indonesian government for rebuilding the Queen Victoria School.

The Indonesian Chief Minister who is responsible for the disbursement of Indonesia’s financial assistance is here to see the progress of work at the Queen Victoria School and also visit the Indonesian Military engineers engaged in the reconstruction works.

The Indonesian Government has provided post-disaster relief worth USD $5million to Fiji.

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