Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
4th July, 2012, Suva: A delegation from the Department of Education of Wallis and Futuna paid a courtesy visit on the Roving Ambassador/High Commissioner to Pacific Island Countries (Micronesia and Polynesia) Ambassador Litia Mawi on Tuesday 3 July 2012. The delegation comprised of Mr Bernard Zier, Head of the Wallis and Futuna Education Department; Mr Jean-Luc Balaarin, National Education Inspector; Mr Joseph Makutu, Principal of the Mata-utu High School and Ms Cathrine Hague, English Teacher Mata-utu High School.
The delegation was accompanied by Ambassador Gilles Montagnier and officials of the French Embassy in Suva.
Ambassador Montagnier conveyed the deep appreciation of the French administration to the Fiji Government and schools that hosted seventeen (17) Wallis and Futuna students last year for the support rendered to the visiting students programme.The students benefitted from English language skills and exposure to the Fijian education system. Given such success, the Department of Education Wallis and Futuna is keen to continue the programme this year and proposes to send thirty five (35) students for short term learning in various subject areas and attachments. He added that in turn, Fiji is requested to send school teachers to Wallis and Futuna. The French Embassy also offered to extend French language training to Ministries and Departments that interact regularly with nationals of French speaking countries.
Ambassador Mawi assured the continued support of the Fiji Government to programmes that promoted people to people contact and capacity building as Fiji’s hand in partnership under the South – South Regional cooperation. Ambassador Mawi also briefed the delegation on the Fiji Volunteer Scheme that is managed by the Public Service Commission, and which can be accessed to send teachers to teach in Wallis and Futuna.
The two sides agreed that an umbrella Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed to formalize all proposed development cooperation initiatives.
The delegation departs later this week.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji