Germany aims to expand development cooperation with Fiji in areas such as economy, trade, tourism and investment, climate change, science and engineering, health, education, gender and human rights.
This was conveyed by the Special Envoy for Germany to the Pacific Island States, Ambassador Beate Grzeski to Prime Minister Hon. Sitiveni Rabuka in a meeting held on Saturday 19 August.
The leaders also discussed ways in which Germany can best realign its Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support Fiji’s development needs.
Prime Minister Rabuka acknowledged Germany’s support to Fiji over the years, and welcomed further prospects in socio-economic development.
Reaffirming her support, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Germany stands with Fiji in its efforts to create an inclusive and sustainable future.
She said Germany is committed to helping communities in Fiji who are affected by the impacts of climate change, through new financing mechanisms.
“At the COP in Sharm el-Sheikh, we agreed to set up new financing mechanisms for loss and damage. That has been very important to me, personally.
“We are now working hard to use existing mechanisms better and to set up new structures,” Minister Baerbock said.
“That’s the key commitment of our colleagues here at our new embassy in Suva. It is our commitment to you, it is our commitment to the Government of Fiji. I assure you that you can count on our support again at the COP in Dubai to push for more ambition. Climate action also means urgent action on the ground.”
Ambassador Grzeski said Germany’s embassy is a testament of her Government’s commitment to advance cooperation and friendship.