Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama acknowledged Japan’s enduring support which has impacted the lives of many ordinary Fijians through programmes and projects, particularly in infrastructure.
In receiving the Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Taro Kono during a break from Parliament this morning, PM Bainimarama said Japan’s assistance towards the Nadi River flooding widening project, the Tamavua-i-Wai bridge and the school rebuilding project after TC Winston, among others, were greatly appreciated.
The Prime Minister said Fiji regarded Japan as a positive force in the country and the Pacific, a partner in development and a source of expertise and practical solutions to many of our daily challenges.
This, he added was a boost to Fiji’s socio-economic development.
PM Bainimarama also highlighted Fiji’s participation at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) and commended the Japanese Government for its commitment towards the PALM process and in using the platform to enhance relations with Pacific Island countries.
Fiji, he said, placed great importance on the PALM as it is a means for strengthening cooperation and partnership between Japan and the Pacific Island countries.
Other discussions centred on the G20 Summit, the COP25 scheduled to be held in Chile and sports in particular, the rugby world Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Meanwhile, Hon. Kono is on a short visit to the country. He met the Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Inia Seruiratu yesterday where it was announced that Fiji will be hosting the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting next year.