Today, Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications Hon. Manoa Kamikamica signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with His Excellency Luo Zhaohui, the Chairman of the China Aid Agency.
The MOU confirms the mutual agreement between Fiji and China that includes the China Aid Projects including for the Juncao promotion and agricultural cooperation, and for the maintenance and upgrade of 80 kilometres of roads in Vanua Levu under the Global Development Initiative of the People’s Republic of China.
“The MOU confirms Fiji and China’s mutual agreement for continuing assistance under the Global Development Initiative launched by President Xi Jinping in September 2021 at the UN HQ in New York, during the UN General Assembly. The GDI aims to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and is committed to building a global community of development.
“The Agreement on the Economic and Technical Cooperation between the governments of China and Fiji under the Global Development Initiative has been of great assistance.”
Hon. Kamikamica stated that earlier this year, the Hon. Prime Minister signed the exchange of notes for the upgrade of 80km of roads in Vanua Levu that will bring about $300m to our country. The tarsealing of the three roads have been prioritised as this will increase connectivity in Vanua Levu and give rise to new economic opportunities.
He thanked His Excellency Luo for continued discussions on the prospects for future cooperation in the areas of socioeconomic development. The “One China Principle”, has been the firm foundation of Fiji-China diplomatic relations, founded some 49 years ago.
China Aid Agency Chairman His Excellency Luo Zhaohui highlighted that China and Fiji will continue to be good friends with mutual respect. China fully respects the sovereignty and independence of Pacific Island countries, fully respects their will, fully respects their cultural traditions, and fully respects their effort to seek strength through unity.