$10.6m partnership to build three schools

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Economy, Mrs Makereta Konrote with Director for Projects and International Development Emirates Red Crescent H.E Obaid Albloushi after the signing of the cooperation agreement. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT/Facebook

THREE new schools will be constructed in Navua, Sigatoka and Lautoka enabed through a $ 10.59 million (US$5m) assistance by the strengthened bilateral ties between Fiji and United Arab Emirates.

A cooperation agreement was signed to formalise the partnership between the Fijian Government and UAE delegation that is currently in the country for the new schools site inspection.

Accompanying the delegation for the site visitations are a technical and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education.

Whilst formalising the partnership, United Arab Emirates Non-Resident Ambassador accredited to Fiji Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi said they were delighted with the collaboration which would significantly contribute towards Fiji’s education sector development.

“Education is important for the future development of any country and with this special partnership with Fiji, we have announced the assistance of US$5 million to build new schools in cooperation with Fiji’s Ministry of Education. We are proud to be part of this noble project and we thank the Fijian Government for its collaboration. The technical teams will visit the 3 sites and the selection of the schools location is to accommodate the needs of the students,” Mr Alsuwaidi said.

UAE has also pledged its support to further its bilateral ties by enabling Fiji to participate in the Expo 2020 universal exposition which will allow Fiji to seize new economic, trade and business opportunities.

Speaking on behalf of the Fijian Government, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Economy Makereta Konrote expressed her appreciation to the UAE for its commitment to advance Fiji’s education sector.

“This assistance will complement our government’s policies in terms of increasing access to education and also enhancing the quality of facilities, which will contribute towards better learning outcomes for our Fijian students,” she said.

“On behalf of the Fijian Government we would like to thank the UAE for visiting the projects and as we prepare for the second phase of the project which is really the implementation we wanted to show our gratitude towards your generosity.

“This partnership will also assist members of the local industries in terms of knowledge sharing and transfer of skills.”