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Samoa & Fiji sign Development Cooperation Agreement

Source: Fiji Government

24 FEBRUARY 2023: Fiji and Samoa’s bilateral cooperation continues to elevate to newer heights in areas of people to people, cultural and sporting links, and our collective participation and advocacy in regional forums and on the global stage to address pressing challenges.

This was elevated this week during a bilateral meeting between Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa. The meeting took place at the margins of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders Special Retreat currently held in Nadi.

The two day meeting is focused on the theme, “Reflection, Renewal and Celebration.”

A new milestone in the development of Fiji and Samoa relations came out of that meeting yesterday through the official signing of the Development Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between the two island nations.

At the signing, Prime Minister Rabuka reaffirmed Fiji’s continued commitment to pursuing opportunities across identifiable sectors, at the same time, enhancing relations through the newly-endorsed Development Cooperation Agreement.

Fiame & Rabuka gifts
Fiame & Rabuka gifts

Handshake and exchange of gifts between the two leaders.

He said he is confident that through shared experiences, Fiji and Samoa will be able to seek out new opportunities in identified areas in the DCA and build upon the partnership that underpins the bilateral relationship.

As island nations, Prime Minister Rabuka highlighted that both countries have much in common from similar development challenges to opportunities.

He remains confident that by working in solidarity, the region will be able to address common challenges and build a sustainable future for all in the Pacific.

Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, congratulated her Fiji counterpart and the People’s Coalition Government for winning the 2022 General Election.

She also thanked Prime Minister Rabuka for his leadership in promoting regional solidarity.