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NZ opens doors

Nasik Swami
Friday, April 11, 2014

MORE Fijian workers will soon be given the opportunity to hold jobs in New Zealand following confirmation from its government that it will take immediate action to include Fijian workers in the seasonal workers program.

The decision was made after a meeting between Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully in Suva yesterday.

An Information Ministry statement released yesterday stated the bilateral talks signalled a new chapter in Fiji-New Zealand relations as the two countries sought to chart the way forward with goodwill and positive co-operation.

The statement added that Mr McCully expressed New Zealand's readiness to work closely with Fiji on areas of mutual co-operation and to provide assistance in areas of need.

He said New Zealand would also re-look at current development assistance programs for Fiji to enable greater co-operation between the two governments and their respective public institutions.

The statement went on to detail that leaders had agreed that establishing a joint annual forum for bilateral exchanges at ministerial and senior officials level would facilitate the expected increase in interaction between the two governments.

Mr McCully also assured New Zealand's plans to consider expanding its scholarship opportunities to Fiji.

"Other assistance such as training of Fiji's foreign service officials and study visits for Fijian civil servants are also being considered for immediate action."

The meeting between the two ministers was the first since the New Zealand Government lifted all sanctions against the Fijian Government last month.