Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
30th August 2012, Suva: This morning the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Mr. Filipe Bole received the visiting Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign AffairsMr. Joe Nakano who paid a courtesy call at his Office at Senikau House Suva. Minister Nakano is on a three day visit to Fiji.
During their meeting Minister Bole noted the good relations between the two countries which has grown since Fiji and Japan established diplomatic relations in October 1970.Mr. Bole expressed his appreciation for the many development cooperation projects the two countries have undertaken over the years and the growth in people-to-people exchange between the two countries.
The Minister also explained Fiji’s Look North Policy which has seen the expansion of Fiji’s diplomatic presence in strategic areas of the world. He also explained the constitutional, political and economic developments that are currently underway in Fiji and the recently concluded 3rd Engagement with the Pacific Meeting that met in Nadi last week.
In his response Minister Nakano expressed appreciation for Fiji’s assistance following the devastating tsunami that struck Japan recently. Fiji is currently hosting university and secondary school level students from the Toyuku Region that was devastated by the tsunami and who are studying for one year at the Fiji National University, Adi Cakobau School and Nasinu Secondary School. Minister Nakano reiterated his Governments readiness to assist in our electoral processes.
The two sides discussed development cooperation projects currently underway such as the recently approved $5.7million Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management Project with our Department of Meteorology which will strengthen its capacity to detect, monitor and provide early warnings to the people of Fiji on severe weather and associated hazards1. They also discussed Fiji’s request for assistance for the Nadi River Diversion Project.
Mr. Nakano leaves Fiji tomorrow.
(Photo caption: Minister Bole with Vice Minister Nakano)
1The 300 million Yen project, equivalent to $5.7million (Fiji Dollars) is for the purchase of improved weather forecasting equipment like Doppler radar, computer hardware equipment, lighting detection systems, wind profiler and automatic weather stations to improve the technical capability and capacity of the Fiji Meteorological Services.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji