Diplomacy

FIJI and NZ sign Development Cooperation Agreement

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Murray McCully signed a Development Cooperation Arrangement following their ministerial consultation yesterday at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. The Development Cooperation Arrangement will see New Zealand assisting Fiji in three priority areas, namely economic development, skills training or workforce development, and […]

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February 18, 2016 10:38 am

Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, and the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Murray McCully signed a Development Cooperation Arrangement following their ministerial consultation yesterday at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.

The Development Cooperation Arrangement will see New Zealand assisting Fiji in three priority areas, namely economic development, skills training or workforce development, and the creation of institutional linkages.

The overall goal of the New Zealand development assistance programme is to contribute to Fiji’s sustainable economic development.

The DCA arose out of the need for both countries to enhance their bilateral relations and put in place an overarching framework of cooperation.

During the consultation, Minister Kubuabola thanked the New Zealand government for its assistance towards the Fijian agriculture sector and expressed the hope for further support in the future.

In this regard, Minister McCully will be touring the Koronivia Agriculture Station to explore opportunities to assist the Fiji Diary Sector Programme today.

Under NZ’s aid programme for 2015-2019, a sum of NZ$33 million has been allocated for assistance in the areas of agriculture value chains, skills training and building capacity in the public sector.

The two Ministers agreed to explore assistance that will enable Fiji to access clean, efficient and affordable energy sources through direct investment and technology transfer.

Given the long-standing historical ties on defence and security cooperation between Fiji and NZ, the two Ministers agreed on the following:

  • to enhance existing cooperation and revive programmes of assistance that have benefited Fijians in the past.
  • the preparation for Fiji’s hosting of the Triennial Global Oceans Conference in June 2017.
  •  areas of cooperation on regional issues and multilateral matters of priority to them.
  • the need to continue the education assistance provided to Fiji under the NZ Scholarship study awards

The next consultation will be hosted by Minister McCully in NZ next year.

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