IN a bid to widen the assistance provided to Fiji's neighbouring Pacific Island countries (PICs), Fiji has signed a co-operation framework with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
This was made possible under the South-South Co-operation Program under which the Japanese government will provide funding and technical assistance initially to run a pilot project entailing technical and vocational education and training for Kiribati and Tuvalu.
This funding will be through JICA and the Public Service Commission (PSC), which is the executing agency for the project. This was confirmed in a statement released by the Ministry of Information.
PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said the signing was in line with the commitment for offer of assistance which Fiji made as part of the Engaging with the Pacific Meetings.
"After the initial piloting of the project for the benefit of Tuvalu, JICA also funded and facilitated an exposure visit to Singapore and Malaysia of relevant senior officials from Fiji to observe the implementation of the South-South Co-operation Program in these two countries," Mr Chand said in the statement.
JICA's deputy resident Fukase Yutaka said they were pleased to work with the PSC on this initiative.