Australia applauds Fiji

AUSTRALIA has applauded Fiji’s decision to join the New Colombo Plan.

The plan offers Australian undergraduate university students grants and scholarships to study at universities in the Indo Pacific region.

Responding to questions sent to her office, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her government continued to work closely with the Fiji Government including high-level visits, practical co-operation between the two public sectors and their strong support for Fiji’s election.

“I remain in close touch with members of the government and I look forward to building on the progress we have already achieved,” she said.

“I see real opportunities for Australia and Fiji to work closely together to increase trade and investment, co-operate on common regional and global challenges and expand our people-to-people links.

“I am pleased that Fiji has accepted the government’s invitation to join the New Colombo Plan, which offers Australian undergraduate university students grants and scholarships to study at universities in the Indo-Pacific region.”

Ms Bishop added that Australia’s relationship with Fiji would continue to grow.

“There is enormous goodwill between the Australian and Fiji people, as evidenced by our tourism and trade ties,” she said.

“But through the New Colombo Plan, the inclusion of Fiji in any expanded Seasonal Workers Program and the negotiation of a Work and Holiday agreement, the Australian and Fiji governments are laying the framework for even stronger people-to-people links in the future.”

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