ATTORNEY-GENERAL MEETS WITH CHINESE DELEGATION TO DISCUSS INCREASED COOPERATION IN VITAL SECTORS

Fiji and China explored options on Monday for cooperation to improve Fiji’s health, agriculture and education sectors and to further develop the nation’s infrastructure.

Attorney General Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with a Chinese delegation from the Hubei Province led by Mr. Lee Hongzong, Party Secretary of the CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Chairman of the Standing Committee of Hubei Provincial People’s Congress. The Chinese delegation requested the meeting to see how Fijian and Chinese national priorities align and discuss possibilities for ways that Fiji and China can assist each other in meeting common national objectives.

The Chinese delegation included representatives from China’s Hubei Province in the Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Department of Education, Department of Finance, Foreign Affairs Office and Department of Agriculture.

“Fiji and China have a long history of economic cooperation and strong diplomatic relations. As we look forward, it is important that this history of cooperation be maintained,” said Attorney General Sayed-Khaiyum.

Health and agriculture were discussed as two promising areas for cooperation. China’s Hubei province has a 5,000-year legacy in medicine and boasts the best medical resources in China. The full delegation included a team of medical professionals with medical equipment. The team will assist Fijian medical doctors and treat patients in several areas of the country.

“The areas in which China can provide aid and expertise are of critical importance to our government and will help us reach our goal of improving these sectors in a sustainable manner,” said Attorney General Sayed-Khaiyum.

Attorney General Sayed-Khaiyum and the Chinese delegation also discussed how to enrich Fiji’s education sector by increasing the number of Fijians students who are able to study in China. This will include education in agriculture-related subjects, where Fiji would like to provide stronger technical education.

This visit follows Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s recent trip to China, which included a meeting with Fijian students studying abroad in Beijing, China.

“The assistance China offers in the education sector complements Fiji’s ambitious plans to improve the quality and access of our education,” said Attorney General Sayed-Khaiyum.

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