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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Media Release

KOICA is committed to assisting Fiji and Pacific Small Island States

KOICA committed to assisting Fiji and small island states

27th November 2012: The Korea International Cooperation A gency (KOICA) is committed to assisting Fiji and other Pacific Small Island Developing States.

These    were    the    comments    echoed    by    KOICA    President    Mr.    Dae-won    Park    during    a    courtesy    visit    by    Fiji’s Ambassador  to  the  Republic  of  Korea,    His  Excellency  Filimone  Kau.            

            
According to Mr Park, Fiji plays an important role in KOICA’s work in the Pacific  particularly in the fisheries sector.

“Busan is the home to KOICA’s fisheries programme and also where government officials from Fiji and other Pacific Islands undergo their training. We must maintain close working relations so that KOICA will be a ware of the needs of Fiji and continue the good partnership,” he said.

In discussing the Republic of Korea’s in volvement in Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Kau stated there was growing influence particularly in support of sustainable development and capacity building.

H.E Kau also took time to explain about recent developments in Fiji and the Pacific Small Island States, in particular the recently established Pacific Island D evelopment Forum.

He added that KOICA’s scholarship pro gramme enabled Fiji’s young people to expand their horizons and knowledge base.

“Small countries like Fiji can learn from Korea and what a better way to pursue it than through young people who are learning and training in South Korea; to change their mindsets that whatever is possible for Korea is also possible for Fiji,” he said.

In highlighting this point, H.E Kau share d the recent completion of the Masters Degree’s programme by a Fiji national, Miliame Raqisia, who was sponsored by KOICA. Raqisia 30, is an Administration Officer with the Office of the Prime Minister and pursued her studies at the Seoul National University.

“We hope that the scholarship partnership between Fiji and Korea will continue through KOICA as there are learning lessons from Korea because within 50 years, it rose out of poverty, from an aid recipient country to now a donor country”, said HE Kau

Mr.Park reassured H.E Kau  of KOICA’s full support to the activities of the Fiji  Embassy  in  Korea.

The embassy in Korea was officially opened by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on July 19 and is located at Itaewon-dong in Seoul. It is looked after by H.E Filimone Kau and three officers.