THE Fiji government recognises the role of meeting the expectations of neighbouring countries in order to strengthen its relationship with them.
Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand made this comment at the stakeholders' meeting on the project for strengthening the implementation capability of South-South Co-operation at Nasese yesterday.
Mr Chand said the meeting symbolised Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) ardent commitment to Fiji and the Pacific.
"I am fully aware of the series of meetings held between JICA and our staff and the on-site visits to educational institutions have also been completed and so have the survey in Tuvalu and Kiribati," Mr Chand said.
"On the commission's part our staff have always been advised to provide all necessary support to JICA and be rest assured that we will continue with this work. The other government ministries have also provided relevant support and it is anticipated that as the project rolls, the level of engagement will increase," he said.
"Further this will be a regional project we have tried our best to raise awareness at the highest level."
Mr Chand said the implementation of the project should provide a milestone achievement in Fiji's contribution to the region.
"At the national level, the exercise will contribute immensely to the commission's commitment to the prime minister's pledge to the initiative of engaging with the Pacific," he said.
He said at the global level the partnership would strengthen Fiji's co-operation with the Japanese government.
"All these alliances would not have been possible without the support and generosity of JICA," he said.