Caption: L-R. Fiji PRUN Ambassador Peter Thomson, Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama,  Prime Minister of Vanuatu Moana Carcasses Kalo.

23 September 2013, New York: The Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met in New York today with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Moana Carcasses Kalosil to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on development cooperation.

The MOU essentially articulates the desire of both countries to strengthen their relations through cooperation on a number of key areas.

“Fiji and Vanuatu share development aspirations and challenges, and agreements such as the one we have signed today allow for collective and innovative solutions to be developed, drawing on best practices from each of our countries,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.

The memorandum of understanding on cooperation which was signed today encompasses a broad range of issues including: bilateral trade and investment; education, youth and human resource development; labour mobility; immigration; commerce, retail and taxation; Fisheries Cooperation; air and sea transportation; health and pharmaceutical; climate change, environment, security and energy; and livestock development.

The MOU is envisaged to also further strengthen collaboration by the two countries within the framework of the MSG Agreement.

Prime Minister Bainimarama also expressed the Fijian Government’s commitment to work collaboratively with Vanuatu on issues of mutual interest to both countries.


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