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Fiji and Kuwait keen on Strengthening Bilateral Ties

 
PR097 2019
 The non-resident Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Fiji His Excellency His Excellency Ahmed Salem Alwehaib while paying a courtesy call to the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Suva.

The bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Fiji and the State of Kuwait is expected to strengthen in potential areas of mutual interests and benefits.

This has been conveyed during a courtesy call made on the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu by non-resident Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Fiji, His Excellency Ahmed Salem Alwehaib.

During a meeting held earlier this week, the two parties have expressed interest to enhance their partnership towards Fiji’s priority sectors and sustainable development goals mainly in addressing climate change and oceans preservation.

Kuwait was the first country in the resource rich Gulf Cooperation Council to establish formal diplomatic relations with Fiji in 2005.

Kuwait through its development agency, the Kuwait Development Fund for Arab Development (KFEAD), has been instrumental in availing technical assistance to Fiji, including the feasibility study of the Savusavu water and wastewater infrastructure. Kuwait’s support is also recognized as the development partner for the convening of the inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) summit.

Kuwait also provides employment opportunities to a number of Fijian nationals who currently work mainly in the security and retail sector.

The two countries also share similar sentiments on the important role of peacekeeping in maintaining international peace and security. Kuwait is a current non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2018-2019. Fijian peacekeepers have served in the Middle East and particularly in Kuwait as Observers under the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) mandate during the conclusion of the first Gulf War.

 

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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 A

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