The Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the Pacific region with major projects planned for the 14-member countries of the India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).
While delivering his keynote address at the 3rd FIPIC Summit in Papua New Guinea today, India’s Prime Minister Honourable Shri Narendra Modi outlined prospects for regional assistance and increased collaboration between India and the region.
As part of an action plan to strengthen the India-Pacific Island countries partnership, India will commit to a 100-bed regional super speciality hospital for Fiji.
Prime Minister Modi also announced that India will set up a regional IT and cyber security training hub and a jaipur foot camp in PNG.
Other commitments made include the Sagar Amrut scholarship, the FIPIC SME development project, solar projects for government buildings, desalination units for drinking water, supply of sea ambulances, dialysis units, yoga centres, and the set-up of emergency helplines.
On the margins of the FIPIC Summit, Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka held a bilateral meeting with Hon. Modi where they discussed opportunities for partnership in the areas of climate mitigation, disaster risk resilience, renewable energy, education and health sector.
The meeting reaffirmed Fiji and India’s solidarity in building a sustainable and resilient future in the face of the current geopolitical challenges.
Prime Minister Rabuka was pleased to meet Prime Minister Modi and commended him for his commitment and unwavering support to Fiji and the Pacific.
He expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for convening the FIPIC Summit, which is an important dialogue mechanism for building a stronger region.
Prime Minister Rabuka added that Fiji is looking forward to working closely with Prime Minister Modi to enhance our bilateral relations at all levels.