Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
July 27, 2015The KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) overseas office for the Pacificregion will be relocated to Fiji from the Solomon Islands in early next year.
This was confirmed by the Vice-President of KOICA Mr. Sung-Ho, Choi at a meetingwith Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the KOICA head office in Seoul ROK.He said that the move will bring about more cooperation and development assistanceincluding the revival of the KOICA experts and volunteers schemes.“There will be increased cooperation between KOICA and Fiji in terms of technicalassistance and human resources development particularly in climate change health,education, food security and disaster management,” he said.He also encouraged open and frank dialogue between the two countries to ensurecooperation and ODA support is targeted and effective based on national needs andpriorities.
In response, Hon. Minister Ratu Inoke expressed his sincere appreciation on KOICA’scontribution to the Government and the people of Fiji and will facilitate all necessaryprocess required for smooth and efficient transfer.“We indeed are honored to welcome KOICA in Fiji and we will do our best to ensureconstructive and meaningful cooperation that are mutually beneficial to bothcountries,” he said.
The Minister also thanked KOICA for the implementation of the key outcomes of theROK-Pacific Island Countries cooperation framework.He also extended invitation to Vice-President Choi to participate in Pacific IslandDevelopment Forum (PIDF) as well as the reopening ceremony of KOICA overseasoffice in Fiji.Projects currently undertaken by KOICA in Fiji include scholarships for graduatestudies, public health, immigration and boarder control, disaster management andclimate change.-Ends-
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