Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
22nd December, 2011, Suva: Fiji and the Peoples Republic of China signed a bilateral economic and technical co-operation agreement this morning.
The agreement provides a grant of 20 million RMB (FJ$5.7million) by the Chinese Government to Fiji.
When expressing his appreciation to the Chinese Ambassador, His Excellency Huang Yong, the Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the grant had been put at the disposal of the Fijian Government and would be used for development projects that would be mutually agreed on by both Governments.
“While the Fijian Government has yet to confirm the profile of projects to be funded under this latest grant, we hope to determine firm project proposals early in the New Year,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“Just yesterday, our officials ratified agreements that will allow for the construction of the new Navua Hospital to proceed in early 2012."
“We also signed an agreement to receive the new multi-purpose cargo vessel “Bai-Ni-Takali”, which arrived in Suva yesterday, as well on her delivery voyage from China.”
Prime Minister Bainimarama added that these developments effectively demonstrated the important link that Fiji’s relationship with the PRC had at the international level.
“Since the start of my administration in 2006, the level of official Chinese development assistance to Fiji has increased considerably,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
“These have been in the form of direct grant projects, which have numbered more than a dozen to date.
“We also have of course taken the opportunity to access Chinese Government concessional loans through the Export-Import Bank of China to upgrade our national infrastructure.”
Additionally, Commodore Bainimarama highlighted that the Fijian Government had taken out concessional loans totaling $285 million to upgrade major roading links, build new public housing projects and enhance information technology capabilities.
Chinese Ambassador Huang commended Prime Minister Bainimarama for all the progress achieved by the Fijian Government and its people in economic growth, land reform, tourism revitilisation and sugar industry restructure among others.
“The year 2011 has witnessed the comprehensive development and enhancement of the bilateral relations between Fiji and China. I would like to reiterate the Chinese Government’s commitment to provide humble contribution to “building a better Fiji”, the historical undertaking of our beloved friend, by enhancing bilateral cooperation and providing assistance within our capacity,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
Source: Ministry of Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji