7th August 2012: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola together with Foreign Ministers from eleven Pacific Islands States yesterday called on the Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore.
At the invitation of Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam, Ministers from eleven Pacific Islands States including our own Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola are in Singapore to participate in the Singapore – Pacific Ministerial Study Visit from 6 to 10 August 2012.
The Ministerial Study Visit was opened by Minister Shanmugam at a welcome ceremony yesterday morning 6 August at the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministers later paid a joint call on Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, during which they discussed Singapore’s relations with the Pacific Islands States and developments in the South Pacific region. Minister Shanmugam hosted the Ministers to dinner last night.
Over the next few days, the Ministers and delegates will be briefed by various Ministries and government agencies on Singapore’s development experience in areas such as public administration, education, health, transport and water management. This is the first such study visit that Singapore has organized for Ministers from the Pacific Islands States.
Meanwhile Fiji and Singapore are continuing their discussions on areas of cooperation that include training and climate change. Singapore has indicated its willingness to assist and the Foreign Ministries of both countries are now discussing specifics of the assistance.
Technical assistance from Singapore usually comes under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (TCP) and Third Country Training Programmes (TCTP) such as offered under the Colombo Plan.
Both Fiji and Singapore are members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). AOSIS is an intergovernmental organisation comprising of low-lying coastal and small island countries whose main purpose is to consolidate the voices of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to address climate change. Both countries have cooperated closely on the work of AOSIS under the Framework Convention on Climate Change, particularly in the negotiations of a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
(Photo caption 1: Pacific Ministers with Singapore PM Hon Lee Hsien Loong at PM's Building; caption 2;Minister Kubuabola at the dinner last night with Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, Hon K Shanmugam; caption 3: Minister Kubuabola meeting Minister Shanmugam at Foreign Ministry HQ)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji