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Media Release

Fiji Government Assists Kiribati with Distribution of Student Allowances in Cuba

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25th April, 2012: Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, represented by the First Secretary Ms Namita Khatri, visited the Kiribati students in Cuba, for distribution of allowances as well as to discuss the students’ issues with the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ELAM medical school, based west of Havana, consists of approximately 94 Pacific Island students including Tuvalu, Tonga, Solomon, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati and Fiji.

During her visit, First Secretary Khatri met with the 13 Kiribati students currently on medical studies, as well as a representative of the 3 sports and 18 medical students based in the Provinces. Allowances were distributed to those students that were present and to the representatives of those who could not make it from the Provinces.

The distribution of allowances was based out of a proposal by the ELAM Pacific representative leader, Fiji medical student, Masikerei Vunicagi, for Kiribati and Tongan students to be issued allowancesfrom their respective Governmentsthrough arrangements similar to that of Fiji students. The office of Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN will henceforth provide that conduit role between the Government of Kiribati through its High Commission in Fiji, and these Kiribati students in Cuba for the immediate future. 

ELAM Medical Institute currently has 33 students studying from Kiribati and 8 from Fiji.

(Photo caption: Ms Namita Khatri with 13 of the Kiribati students in Cuba)