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Media Release

Fiji-Indonesia sign Development Cooperation Agreement

Bali, 27 May 2011: The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, at the margins of the NAM Ministerial Conference currently concluding in Bali, Indonesia, during bilateral talks with his Indonesian counterpart Hon. Dr Marty Natalegawa, also signed a Development Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between the Governments of Fiji and Indonesia.

The DCA is a framework Agreement that ensures cooperation in the various fields including Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources, Forestry, Trade & Investments, Education, Legal & Judicial Sector, Defence, Police, Tourism etc. The two countries also agreed to cooperate in Multilateral Fora on development related issues. Respective line Ministries and Agencies will now be expected to negotiate with their counterparts in Indonesia on these fields. Such an Agreement provides further opportunities for strengthened relations in addition to current technical assistance provided by the Government of Indonesia to which Minister Kubuabola was grateful and appreciative.

“The DCA which can be reviewed every three years is a milestone in Fiji-Indonesia relations and gives teeth to Fiji’s Look North Policy as well as Indonesia’s Look East policy in a mutually beneficial manner” said Minister Kubuabola. He further added that such Government-to-Government agreement paves the way for the much sought business-to-business and people to people arrangements to further cement the cordial relations Fiji has with Indonesia.

Minister Natalegawa was deeply appreciative and pleased with the advances and the momentum in Fiji-Indonesia relations which according to him was on an upward trajectory. He also expressed his sincere gratitude for the inclusion of Indonesia as an Observer to the Melanesian Spearhead Group and they are now looking into ways to meaningfully contribute to the affairs of the MSG.

Earlier, Minister Kubuabola thanked Minister Natalegawa for Indonesia’s instrumental role in Fiji’s admission as a full member of the NAM. This was considered significant by Minister Natalegawa as it happened during the 50th Anniversary of the Movement. Minister Kubuabola also expressed the hopes that the same treatment will be accorded to Fiji’s current application to be an Observer in ASEAN. Indonesia currently holds the rotating Chair of the ten-member East Asian Group. Minister Natalegawa assured Minister Kubuabola that he is going to look into advancing Fiji’s case under their chairmanship.

The Minister was accompanied to the signing ceremony by Fiji’s Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Ratu Tui Cavuilati and the Director of Political & Treaties, Mr. Sainivalati S. Navoti.