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Israel engages Pacific region

Sherita Sharma
Saturday, December 08, 2012

THE Israeli Government and the USP will work together to strengthen relations through technical co-operation, training and capacity building programs.

USP signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) at its Laucala campus in Suva on Thursday.

Acting USP vice chancellor Dr Esther Williams and Israel's Ambassador to Australia and non-resident ambassador to Fiji and Papua New Guinea, Yuval Rotem, signed the MOU.

The two parties will co-operate over the next three years in the areas of public health, women's empowerment and agribusiness development.

Dr Williams said USP was delighted to host the ambassador and to partner with MASHAV.

"The agreement marks another milestone for the university in its efforts to further strengthen its relationship with Israel. We also recognise the importance of Israel in the Pacific," she said.

"We welcome any future opportunity to work closely with MASHAV and Israel on projects or programs that will benefit the region."

Mr Rotem said the Israeli government was determined to be more engaged in the Pacific and identify areas of co-operation in the region.

He also said the country looked forward to working with USP and recognised the importance of its relationship with Pacific Island countries.

He said Israel shared a strong connection with Fiji, given the religious and security associations between the people of both countries.

"I am here to cement this kind of a relationship. I hope this launches an outstanding friendship between the university and Israel," he said.





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