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Fiji-Korea Sign MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong 27 February 2018, Seoul

Minister Youth Korea MOU

On Tuesday 27 February 2018, Honorable Laisenia Bale Tuitubou, Minister for Youth and Sports signed a “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong” with Honorable Minister Kim Boo Kyum, Minister for Interior and Safety at the Ministry of Interior and Safety in Seoul.

The MOU sets out a number of scope for cooperation which includes the dispatch of Saemaul Undong officers and volunteers to share rural development experiences of Korea, fostering Saemaul Undong leaders and professional workers, supporting village youth and women through education and training, and assistance in the implementation of Saemaul Undong pilot projects in Fiji.  

 “I believe that it will be another milestone for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Fiji to be signing a MOU on Cooperation in the Area of Saemaul Undong and hope that my Ministry and the Republic of Fiji will greatly benefit from this undertaking as the objectives in the areas of Saemaul Undong correlate with our core deliverables”, said Honorable Minister Laisenia Bale Tuitubou.

 “The Ministry of Interior and Safety of Korea will continue to support the establishment of the Saemaul Undong in Fiji. In particular, we have planned to conduct a feasibility study in Fiji to examine the benefits of the project in respect to the selection of Fiji as a new target country of the Global Village Saemaul Undong for the year of 2019. I would like to propose if the Government of Fiji could seek out a way to support Saemaul Undong possibly with the establishment of a dedicated department for Saemaul Undong within the Ministry,” proposed Hon. Minister Kim Boo Kyum.

Saemaul Undong, which promotes self-reliance of residents in rural areas through the values of “diligence, self-help, and cooperation," has been the driving force behind Korea's economic growth. Also Korea’s transformation from a donor recipient country to a donor aid country has been largely attributed to the Saemaul Undong.


Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.


Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.


The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.



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