India, Fiji sign three MoUs, 15 more on anvil

Fiji Prime Minister Voreque Bainimarama said on Wednesday that his government has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with India while 15 more agreements will be signed soon.

IANS| Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014, 11:06 AM IST

Suva: Fiji Prime Minister Voreque Bainimarama said on Wednesday that his government has signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with India while 15 more agreements will be signed soon.

The MoUs signed Wednesday, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to this Pacific island nation, included the exchange of land for a new chancery building in New Delhi, diplomatic exchanges that would allow Fiji’s diplomats to train at the Indian government’s Foreign Service Institute, and project financing for an electricity co-generation plant funded through the Exim Bank of India.

"This is only the beginning. We have some 15 more agreements in the works, and we expect to sign them soon -- on agriculture, trade, health, water, sports and other areas of development,” Bainimarama said after signing of the MoUs.

“We are pleased that our relationship with India is growing and we are proud to have India as a partner in Fiji’s future,” added Bainimarama.

"Fiji also needs assistance, and I am pleased that we were able to discuss India’s assistance to Fiji, which is both generous and respectful of our needs,” added te Fijian prime minister added.