Indonesia Gives Fiji $4.8 Million For Recovery Efforts

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Large delegation from Jakarta visits country

By Matilda Simmons

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 1, 2016) – Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan arrived with a large delegation into the country yesterday in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties and increase its presence in the Pacific.

The Indonesian delegation presented a cheque for $10million [US$4.8 million] to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as part of their asisstance to Fiji's road to recovery in the aftermath of Severe TC Winston.

Mr Pandjaitan said it was an honour to visit Fiji, adding a trade delegation from Indonesia would also be visiting the country.

Mr Bainimarama thanked the Indonesian delegation and said the assistance would go a long way to assisting those affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Mr Pandjaitan also had several engagements including a visit to the Minister for Agriculture, Maritime and Rural Development, and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu.

[PIR editor’s note: On April 1, 2016 the Fiji Times reported that ‘A memorandum of understanding was signed by the Fijian Elections Office and the General Elections Commission of the Republic of Indonesia to strengthen their existing relationship and set the path towards further mutual knowledge-sharing and co-operation.’]

"I would like to see more Indonesian presence in this region because in the past nine years our presence here has been very little compared with the northern and eastern parts of Indonesia," he said.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian delegation is scheduled to meet PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill during their three-day tour of the Pacific this week.

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