In a historic moment at the Pacific ACP (PACP) meeting today, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on development cooperation, cementing their commitment to fostering closer ties and collaboration between the two nations.
This MOU, signed on the fringes of the PACP meeting, marks a significant step towards enhancing the already strong relationship between Fiji and the Cook Islands.
The leaders recognize the importance of regional cooperation and the shared interests of their nations in various sectors, including healthcare, law, and the exchange of skilled labor.
Notably, thousands of Fijians have contributed to the Cook Islands’ development, working in various sectors, while a significant number have found employment as lawyers in the Cook Islands. Simultaneously, Cook Island citizens have served as doctors and medical professionals in Fiji, enriching both nations’ expertise in healthcare and law.
Prime Minister Rabuka emphasised the significance of this MOU, stating, “We are forging a path of mutual support and collaboration, recognising the value of the contributions our citizens make to each other’s nations. This MOU reflects our commitment to further strengthen these bonds.”
Prime Minister Brown added, “This MOU is a testament to our enduring friendship and the shared goals we have for the prosperity and well-being of our peoples. We look forward to deepening our partnership for the benefit of our nations.”
The MOU encompasses various areas of cooperation, with a particular focus on further facilitating the exchange of skilled labor, sharing expertise, and fostering economic development.
Both leaders expressed their optimism for the future of Fiji and the Cook Islands, emphasising their commitment to regional unity and the pursuit of shared objectives.