FIJI TO CO-HOST ROUNDTABLE MEETING OF PACIFIC AGRICULTURE MINISTERS WITH CHINA

Fiji is set to co-host a high-level Roundtable Meeting of Pacific Islands Agriculture Ministers with the People’s Republic of China, to be held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau, Nadi next week.

The Roundtable Meeting of China and Pacific Island States is an outcome of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Papua New Guinea last year and will enable the agreement reached by the President of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Xi Jinping and leaders of Pacific Island States.

With the theme: ‘Seizing the opportunity of jointly contributing to the Belt and Road Initiative, advancing the practical agricultural cooperation between China and Pacific Island States’, the high-level roundtable meeting will foster and promote practical agricultural cooperation between China and Small Island Developing States through friendly cooperation.

Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Mr. Han Changfu and Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy will co-chair the meeting.

Agriculture Ministers and senior officials from the Governments of Western Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Cook Islands, and Niue will also be in attendance.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China will be signed during the meet.

The Roundtable Meeting of China and Pacific Island Countries will complement and support South-South Cooperation and is being supported by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The meeting will be held on the 29th of March 2019.