MOU SIGNING TO FORMALISE VOLUNTEER SCHEME TO TUVALAU

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after the signing of the MOU

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after the signing of the MOU

Fiji’s acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga today formalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Fiji Volunteer Scheme for Fijian volunteers serving under the scheme in Tuvalu.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted during the signing that Fiji National Volunteer scheme is a great initiative introduced by the Fijian Government in fostering further collaboration with a number of Pacific Island countries (PICs).

“This volunteer scheme has now been implemented with a number of other Pacific island countries. We recently had a group that went up to Marshall islands and of course today we are now formalising a number of volunteers that are already in Tuvalu,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We want to work with Tuvalu. We have a lot of Fijians capable in terms of up skilling and being able to provide a critical area of services that is of interest to your country.”

Tuvalu’s PM Enele Sopoago commended the Fijian Government for the continuous support in providing capacity building in the areas of human resources and the education sector.

“We have received positive feedback from the schools that Fijian teachers are currently serving under the Fiji Volunteer scheme of the quality of services they( Fijians) have provided,” Mr Sopoago said.

“This signing will formalise an arrangement we believe will help Tuvalu in the development of human resource and education sector.”

Meanwhile, Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand thanked the government for recognising the importance of this scheme with an increase in budget next year.

“The increase to $1million next year, which is an increase of 150 per cent, marks the significance of the scheme and the interest shown domestically as well as by other Pacific Islands in the region shows the demand for this scheme,” Mr Chand said.

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