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Julie Bishop meets with Kubuabola to discuss Australia’s role in recovery efforts

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met this morning with Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to discuss Australia’s role in working with the Fiji authorities to provide basic food, shelter, sanitation and hygiene equipment.  Also discussed was the long-term recovery effort that will be required to help rebuild communities affected by severe Tropical Winston. […]

Peni Shute

March 14, 2016 12:42 pm

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met this morning with Fiji’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to discuss Australia’s role in working with the Fiji authorities to provide basic food, shelter, sanitation and hygiene equipment. 

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Fiji Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Koboubola exchanging gifts this morning. Photo: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Also discussed was the long-term recovery effort that will be required to help rebuild communities affected by severe Tropical Winston.

This follows Minister Bishop’s visit to Koro Island yesterday where she saw first-hand the devastation left behind by the cyclone. Minister Bishop said Australia will continue to offer its support and work with the Fiji government in restoring Fiji back to normal.

One of the issues that were discussed in today’s meeting was the fact that agricultural crop was one that suffered major devastation and the impact would be a loss of income this season both to farmers and the economy.

Australia stands ready to support Fiji in helping with the economy and getting crops back in for planting.

Minister Bishop said that in terms of further assistance Australia is working with the Fiji government and will respond to requests from the government for further help.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop before her meeting with Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Grand Pacific Hotel this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop before her meeting with Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Grand Pacific Hotel this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

We understand that there will be an overall needs assesment undertaken in the next few days and Australia stands ready to continue to support Fiji at this time. I am meeting with other ministers this afternoon including the education minister to determine what are the priorities in terms of health care, education and economic support particularly in relation to agriculture.

Minister Bishop will be leaving for Rakiraki at 1.00pm today to officially hand over tents and educational materials to Penang Sangam Primary School to the Minister of Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy.

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