Minister Kubuabola signs MOU in Defence Cooperation with Indonesia
On Friday 29 September (10:00 am), the Minister of Defence and National Security, Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Defence Cooperation with the Indonesian Minister for Defence, General (Ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu during a Bilateral Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Minister Kubuabola expressed his appreciation for Indonesia’s continued assistance and support in the past whilst noting that the MOU Signing was not only timely and relevant to the future needs of Fiji, but also instrumental in strengthening its Bilateral Relations with Indonesia.
Both Fiji and Indonesia have reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen and expand the cooperation in the field of defence along the principle of equality, mutual benefits, mutual respect and mutual trust.
During the Meeting, both Ministers exchanged views and information on the policy and program to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and specifically through regular dialogue and consultation, capacity building programs, as well as joint defence and military research. Regional peacekeeping operations is also expected to be strengthened through this cooperation.
For Fiji, areas of common interest with Indonesia has been the need for improved maritime security, exchange visits between Defence and Armed Forces personnel and further information sharing in science and technology in defence industry and joint training in anti-terrorism exercise.
The Hon. Minister then concluded by extending an invitation to Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu to visit Fiji for the First Bilateral Dialogue in Defence Cooperation.
The Minister of Defence and National Security was supported by the staff from the Fiji Embassy in Jakarta.
Both Ministers for Defence for the Republic of Fiji and the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta
Fiji and Indonesia signed Memorandum of Understanding on Inter Parliamentary Partnership Program
On 06 September, the Speaker for Parliament, Hon. Dr. Jiko Luveni signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Inter Parliamentary Partnership Program with the Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representative, H.E Dr. Setya Novanto, Ak.
The signed MoU is from 2017 – 2021 and covers areas of cooperation between the two countries on the conducting exchange of visits between the parties as well as exchange of delegations for comparative study.
The Speaker was attending attending the World Parlimentary Forum on Sustainable Development from 6-7 September in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia. The Minister was accompanied by four Parliamentarians and supported by staff of the Fiji Embassy in Jakarta. The delegation returned to Fiji on Friday, 09 September, 2017.
Hon Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni signing the MOU on Inter-Parliamentary Partnership Program with her Indonesian Counterpart, H.E Setya Novanto
Fiji and Indonesia signed Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Cooperation
The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Agricultural Cooperation together with the Minister for Agriculture Indonesia, Mr Amran Sulaiman. The signed MoU covers areas of cooperation between the two countries on exchange of technical information, exchange of specialists, transfer of technology and promotion of joint ventures in marketing of agricultural commodities. Minister Seruiratu thanked his counterpart for the technical assistance provided by Indonesia to the Ministry and looks forward to more collaboration under the MoU.
The Minister is currently in Jakarta attending the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Forum on Empowering communities, strengthening resilience: Good practices and strategies. Also attending are Samoa’s Minister for Agriculture, Tonga’s Minister for Finance and National Planning, Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture and Senior Government officials from Papua New Guinea, Kiribati. The Forum focused on status of rural areas and how they can be transformed into vibrant economic and social centres by identifying results and best practices, innovation, enabling policies and partnership interests and opportunities.
The Minister was accompanied by the Director Research Dr Apaitia Macanawai and supported by staff of the Fiji Embassy in Jakarta. The delegation returns to Fiji on Friday, 12 August 2017.
Fiji's Honorary Consul in Surabaya
Ang Tjoen Ming (born 26 March 1952), commonly known as Tahir, is an Indonesian Billionaire, a Banking and Property Magnate and a Philanthropist. He is the founder of the Mayapada Group. The Tahir Foundation is a privately – funded organisation founded by Dr. Tahir, to help alleviate hardship for the poor and the disadvantaged.
Mr. Dato’ Sri Prof. Dr. Tahir, MBA was inaugurated as the Honorary Consul of Fiji in Surabaya on 25 November, 2016 by the Honorable Josaia V. Bainimarama, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Inauguration Ceremony was later convened in Jakarta by the Honorable Ratu Inoke Kubuabola on 16 March, 2017. On 06 April, Dr. Tahir donated USD 10, 000 to the FENC Fiji Organisation, an NGO that works towards alleviating hardship and poverty for children in Fiji.