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Good ties

Sheenal Sharma
Saturday, November 10, 2012

THE visit by one of Fiji's senior government officials to Japan has strengthened the ties between the two countries.

Permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua paid a four-day visit to Tokyo.

Japan' senior vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Shuji Kira said the visit of Fiji's most senior civil servant was a significant indication of the commitment of both countries in strengthening bilateral relations and friendship.

He highlighted Japan's commitment to commission a feasibility study of the Nadi River diversion project.

Mr Kira said Japan's decision was instigated by the Great East Japan earthquake catastrophe.

"It impelled us to develop our disaster preparedness support which we intend to impart to developing countries like Fiji," Mr Kira said.

He was pleased with the strong leadership demonstrated by the Bainimarama government and its determination to undertake the democratisation process.

He said Fiji's return to democracy would be great for Fiji's image domestically and globally. Mr Kira commended the democratic processes undertaken by the Fiji government and acknowledged Japan's commitment to assist Fiji's 2014 general election.

Mr Tikoduadua said the Fiji government wanted to re-invigorate and maintain an effective bilateral relation with Japan. He said the grant projects in the frame of Japan's climate change program were important in Fiji's context of infrastructure and food security. "Particular emphasis is placed on the Nadi river, coastal bridges and water pipes," he said.