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Kiribati’s Special Envoy to the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) held last week in Jaipur, India, Her Excellency Teekoa Iuta says cooperation with India needs to be consolidated for the mutual benefits it offers.
Ambassador Iuta made the comments at the margins of the FIPIC summit held last week at the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur where 14 leaders from the Pacific attended.
“The cooperation with India is very welcoming and it is imperative that we consolidate this partnership and take it to the next level to harness mutual benefits from each other,” Ambassador Iuta said.
Ambassador Iuta added that India is an emerging world power in terms of its economy, wealth and population and is advanced in many areas of development such as commerce and trade, engineering, medicine and health, pharmaceuticals, Information Technology and agriculture to name but a few and these are areas where India can build our capacity.
While Climate Change continues to top the agenda of Pacific Island Countries, it is welcoming that India, despite being one of the major emitters of carbon pollution, has put in place national actions that is in the right path to a sustainable future for the planet we all call home.
“India is no doubt one of the major contributors to the climate change phenomenon but it is encouraging to learn that it is willing to change its stance towards a greener and cleaner approach and at the same time acknowledging the support needed by the most vulnerable in this global calamity – the ones with the least, if not zero, contributions to carbon pollution – the Pacific Island countries.” Ambassador Iuta said.
The Taipei-based diplomat added that India has demonstrated global leadership and moral responsibility on this issue unlike some of the many developed nations who continue to develop their economies at the cost of vulnerable and low-lying nations like Kiribati.
The FIPIC summit which concluded last Saturday saw the announcement by the Government of India of a substantial number of initiatives to assist the Pacific Island Countries in their development.
It was not clear however, how India would administer and implement such assistance to the region but a statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that the initiatives will be rolled-out within the next 2 to 3 years and will not be consumed from the existing grant provided by the Government of India.
Kiribati established diplomatic relations with India on 6 August 1985. To date, India has played host to most of Kiribati’s medical referral cases and has trained our people mainly on two programmes namely Professional Course for Foreign Diplomat (PCFD) and the India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)/Special Technical and Economic Cooperation for Africa Programme (SCAAP).
Ambassador Iuta hopes to see the cooperation between India and Kiribati and the Pacific Island Countries to foster into the future.
SOURCE: KIRIBATI GOVT/PACNEWS
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