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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

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Media Release

Ambassador Teleni Cultivates Fiji-China Technological Cooperation

amb teleni27th July 2012: : Fiji’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Mr. Esala Teleni is working closely to develop scientific and technological cooperation with The Administrative Centre for China's Agenda 21 (ACCA21).

ACCA21 was established in 1994 with the approval of the Chinese Central Government and is affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and, with regard to some functions, also operates under the leadership of the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC). In 1998, ACCA21 was merged with the China Innovation Centre for Life Science and additionally took over some functions from MOST.

Its mission is to manage the day-to-day affairs and facilitate the implementation of China's Agenda 21 and its Priority Programme, to conduct policy and strategy research in the area of sustainable development providing policy support to government decision-making, to foster international cooperation and exchange in the area of sustainable development, to build a national information sharing network for sustainable development promoting information exchange and sharing, etc.

ACCA21 has chosen Fiji from the Pacific Islands to carry out two main activities until the end of 2013. This includes a study tour in China in 2012 and a study tour in Fiji in 2013. ACCA21 is working with Ambassador Teleni and his Team in:

a)    identifying potential representatives from relevant Government Ministries and Department in Fiji who would be interested in the study tour to China and share information with the Chinese side;

b)    identifying a potential organization in Fiji to organize the study tour in Fiji next year.

The study tour in China in 2012 will focus mainly on renewable energy using clean stoves development in China (the content could be adjusted according to the actual interest of Fiji).

Five (5) representatives from Fiji is expected to attend the study tour in September 2012 with all related expenses such as air tickets, meals and accommodation to be covered by ACCA21.