FIJI signed a co-operation framework agreement with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) at the Public Service Commission office yesterday.
The co-operation framework would pave the way for provision of capacity building assistances to neighbouring Pacific Island Countries under a South-South Co-operation program.
PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand signed the framework with the JICA deputy resident representative, Fukase Yutaka.
Under the program the government of Japan through JICA would provide funding and technical assistance initially to run a pilot project entailing technical and vocational education and training for Kiribati and Tuvalu.
Mr Chand said the signing of the agreement was in line with the commitment for offer of assistance which Fiji has made, as part of Engaging with the Pacific Meeting.
Mr Chand said PSC worked closely with JICA and other stakeholders in undertaking surveys of technical and vocational education and training needs in Tuvalu and Kiribati.
"PSC under the program would mobilise training providers such as the Fiji National University and others who would be able to design and deliver training programmes for participants from Tuvalu and Kiribati," Mr Chand said.
He said the benefits of this program to Fiji were substantial.
Mr Yutaka said they were pleased to work with PSC on the initiative.