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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Fijian counterpart in Suva. PTI Photo(

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Fijian counterpart in Suva. PTI Photo(

India makes Pacific Ocean outreach; PM Narendra Modi announces USD 80 million for Fiji

Suva, Nov 19 (PTI) India's Pacific Ocean outreach gained
traction today with the announcement of a slew of Lines of
Credit and development assistance totalling USD 80 million for
Fiji and a visa on arrival for all the 14 island countries in
the region during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here.
Modi, who held talks with his Fijian counterpart Frank
Bainimirama, also announced a USD one million Special
Adaptation Fund for the Pacific nations and a proposal to
develop Pan Pacific Islands Project for tele-medicine and
tele-education. His trip is the first by an Indian premier to
Fiji in 33 years after Indira Gandhi in 1981.
India and Fiji also agreed to expand their security and
defence cooperation during Modi's day-long visit to Fiji,
considered as hub in the Pacific Ocean region, as Suva rolled
out the red carpet with billboards "Vula Modi (Welcome Modi)
dotting various traffic intersections.
Modi also utilised his visit to address a meeting of
leaders of 12 Pacific Ocean countries, a move considered
significant. He also addressed the Fijian National University,
the first by a world leader.
The other decisions announced at this meeting relate to
an increase in Grant-in-Aid to Pacific Island Countries from
USD 125,000 annually to USD 200,000 to each Pacific Island
country for community projects, complimentary space to Pacific
Island countries during exhibitions organised by ITPO to
showcase their products and an offer to support the setting up
of a Trade Office in New Delhi to promote trade between India
and Pacific Island countries.
"It is a new day and a new beginning in our relations
with Fiji," Modi said at a joint media appearance with
Bainimarama at the Prime Minister's office.
"Fiji could serve as a hub for stronger Indian engagement
with Pacific islands. I see this visit as an opportunity to
renew an old relationship and lay the foundation for a strong
partnership in the future," he added.PTI