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Fiji and India sign 3 MOUs

November 19, 2014 12:01 am

Fiji and India have signed three Memorandum of Understandings following a constructive meeting between the two leaders in Suva.

These MOU’s include line of credit, areas of exchange and training for diplomats and transfer for allocated land to High Commission of India.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says both countries have laid the grounds for very productive relations in the future.

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“Today we sign three memorandum of understanding on the exchange of land for a new chancery building in New Delhi, on diplomatic exchanges – that will allow Fijian diplomats to train at the Indian government Foreign Service Institute, and on project financing for electricity and cogeneration plant funded from Exim Bank of India. This is only the beginning – we have some 15 more agreements in the works and we expect to sign them soon on agriculture, health, trade, water sports and other areas of development.”

Meanwhile Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the relationship between Fiji and India should be stronger than what it is.

“In India’s new assistance for Fiji include – a parliament library, a fund of five million US dollars to promote small businesses and village enterprise in Fiji, a line of credit of seventy million US dollars for cogeneration power plants, and doubling the scholarships and training slots in India for Fijians. We will do more in the areas of tourism and cultural exchange – I am happy to announce visa on arrival for Fijians.”

Prime Minister Modi will give a speech at the Fiji National University this afternoon.

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