Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Fiji, after his high profile visit in Australia, where he will hold bilateral talks with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, on Wednesday.
Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Fiji since 33 years and the visit will be a day-long, which will mark an end for Modi’s ongoing tour, the 10-day national trip of 3-nation visit.
While speaking in a press conference, Modi declared visa on arrival for the people of Fiji. India is all set to double the scholarship to Fiji students. An aid of 5 million USD has been declared by Modi to promote small business and village enterprises in Fiji.
Emphasising on the agreement on strengthening the defence, Modi said, the countries will expand defence and security cooperation, including assistance in defence training and capacity building.
India and Fiji has reportedly signed three agreements. According to reports, Modi said, “We agreed to identify opportunities to expand our trade and investments and work out a concrete roadmap. We are also prepared to increase cooperation in renewable energy, especially solar and wind energy, and in building capacity to adapt to climate change. In addition, we could share our experience and expertise in disaster management and response.”
Addressing the parliament of the small island nation, Modi said, “What make a nation powerful are not its size but its vision and values. The roads you chose won you admiration around the world. Both our nations have vested the power in people.”
Modi said that India is prepared to work with the country for a Digital Fiji. Modi has also said that India is ready to be Fiji’s partner in making the existing industries stronger and finding new opportunities for the youth. Mentioning that India will extend a line of credit worth $75 million for Fiji, he declared an amount of $5 million to strengthen and modernise Fiji’s village, small and medium industries.
Meanwhile, Modi is scheduled to hold meetings with leaders and representatives of 12 Pacific Island nations. Ahead of his nation tour, Modi had said, “We owe them a debt of gratitude for hosting our scientists on the island in support of our Mars mission. I am excited about visiting Fiji as also with the opportunity I will have of meeting leaders and representatives of 12 Pacific Island nations.”