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Exercise of power for good governance

Atasa Moceituba
Monday, August 18, 2014

GOOD governance is the exercise of power for efficient and effective management of the economic and social resources for the wellbeing of the people.

This was one of the messages of the outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar after they celebrated India's 68th Independence Day on Friday.

He said his country's major focus now was to move from alleviation of poverty to the elimination of poverty.

When asked by this newspaper for his views about Fiji and India's relationship, Mr Kumar said the bond between the two countries had grown over the years.

"We always talk about the number one capacity building and that is something that is very important to a developing nation in terms of capacity building, upskilling, giving training in different expertise or aid.

"We used to have 25 scholarships under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Scholarship and this year I'm very happy to announce that the numbers have gone up from 25 to 30 and that's another important part that we have contributed to the developing nation."

Mr Kumar said India was ready to support the country in the upcoming election.

"We are ready to help out in any way we can. We have donated in kind in a sense that we donated 10 Mahindra vehicles that will be used by the Fijian Elections Office and we will also be donating indelible ink that will be used in various polling centres."

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