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India offers expertise and technology to Pacific island countries

August 20, 2015 6:53 pm

India has offered its expertise and technology to the Pacific region to help combat the threat of climate change.

Speaking at a reception for the Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation last night, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says India stands ready to share its expertise and technology with the island nations for mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Pacific leaders including Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama are in Jaipur, India for the second, which will be held tomorrow.

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Prior to his departure for India, Bainimarama stated he will call for India’s support, on behalf of Pacific Small Island Developing States, for this year’s climate change talks in Paris, France.

He says India’s support is of great importance to the Pacific people.

Swaraj says it will be India’s endeavour to further strengthen and deepen its partnership with Pacific Islands countries.

At the Summit, India will push for greater cooperation with the island countries in sectors like oil and natural gas, mining, IT, healthcare, fishing and marine research besides many other areas.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Niue, Palau, Micronesia and Marshall Islands are part of the Summit.

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