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23 September 2013, New York: The Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met in New York today with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu Moana Carcasses Kalosil to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on development cooperation.

The MOU essentially articulates the desire of both countries to strengthen their relations through cooperation on a number of key areas.

“Fiji and Vanuatu share development aspirations and challenges, and agreements such as the one we have signed today allow for collective and innovative solutions to be developed, drawing on best practices from each of our countries,” said Prime Minister Bainimarama.

The memorandum of understanding on cooperation which was signed today encompasses a broad range of issues including: bilateral trade and investment; education, youth and human resource development; labour mobility; immigration; commerce, retail and taxation; Fisheries Cooperation; air and sea transportation; health and pharmaceutical; climate change, environment, security and energy; and livestock development.

The MOU is envisaged to also further strengthen collaboration by the two countries within the framework of the MSG Agreement.

Prime Minister Bainimarama also expressed the Fijian Government’s commitment to work collaboratively with Vanuatu on issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Fijian Prime Minister Extends Congratulations to Vanuatu

Prime Minister Josaia Bainimarama has extended his warmest congratulations to the Prime Minister of Vanuatu as the nation celebrates its 33 years of independence.

Prime Minister Bainimarama sent a congratulatory note to Vanuatu Prime Minister, Mr Moana Carcasses Kalosil as the nation celebrated its independence anniversary this week (July 30).

The head of Fijian Government said that the people of Vanuatu have solid surety that the “prevailing goodwill and sincerity at all levels” will be further flourish through the strengthening of partnerships such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

“The island nations of Fiji and Vanuatu have over many decades mutually enjoyed the warm reciprocity amongst Pacific colleagues,” the Prime Minister said in the note.

“These relations have been strengthened even more through our kinship bonding through the Melanesian Spearhead Group, and are being enjoyed by our populations through people-to-people networking and mutually beneficial interactions.”

The Prime Minister said Fiji looks forward to the promises that continuing dialogue and engagement will deliver.

Vanuatu was colonised by France and United Kingdom that ruled parts of the country in 1880 but in 1906 agreed to jointly manage the country as the New Hebrides.

It became the Republic of Vanuatu in 1980 when it attained independence.