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PR Fiji - India Engage in Sports Diplomacy

 
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High Commissioner Yogesh Punja (First from left) with representatives of the donor Missions and Mr. Nasser Hussain- General Manager, Rugby India (Far right)

 

In line with its commitment to sports diplomacy program, Fiji’s High Commission in India partnered with other High Commissions and Embassies in India to donate 150 rugby balls to Rugby India on 14th June, 2019. 

The program was officially opened by Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, His Excellency Yogesh Punja and Minister of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Kenko Sone. This was followed by presentation by Mr. Nasser Hussain, General Manager of Rugby India on their strategic plan and the handing-over of the rugby balls by the donor diplomatic missions to the eight Rugby India officials that came to Delhi for this special event.

Mr Hussain stated that this partnership will go a long way in developing sports diplomacy among countries and it signifies strong values of friendship and collaboration. 

This initiative has been made possible through collaborations between the following Diplomatic Missions to assist grassroots rugby in India and to commemorate the spirit of unity for the hosting of first ever Rugby World Cup in Japan from 20 September 2019 in the Asia region: High Commission of the Republic of Fiji, High Commission of Australia, New Zealand High Commission, South Africa High Commission, Embassy of Argentine, Embassy of Japan and Embassy of Georgia.

The handing-over ceremony was attended by more than sixty special guests from the donor Missions, Diplomats, Executives of Rugby India, Media and friends of the High Commission.

Today, Rugby India has about 24,000 registered players and records the highest number of females who are playing Rugby. According to the 2017 World Rugby’s Get into Rugby (GIR) Statistic report, India was rated 1st in Asia in terms of numbers of those participated in the GIR programs and 3rd globally.  

 

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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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