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Fiji-Indonesia sign amended grant agreements on QVS school rehabilitation and humanitarian assistance

The Government of Indonesia and Government of Fiji have signed amendments to the two Grant Agreements, with the first Agreement to help facilitate FJD $3.1 million funding to Fiji for the rehabilitation works for Queen Victoria School (QVS) under phase two.

This assistance is the continuation of the Indonesian Government’s commitment to support Fiji’s ‘Adopt a School” program in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

The funding released in the first phase enabled the renovation of existing dormitory structures and construction of classroom blocks, with rehabilitation works to continue with the funding secured in the second phase.

The second Agreement signed on Humanitarian Grant provides provision for funding of USD 200,000 by Indonesia to the Fijian Government for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the procurement of pharmaceutical supplies, medical equipment for Fiji’s Health facilities and other health related necessities.

Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yogesh Karan conveyed the Fijian Government’s appreciation to the Indonesian Government for this remarkable partnership in building back our economy through such enriching bilateral relations.

He added that Fiji is grateful for this timely support which, is a testament of our shared commitment in building resilience and sustainability through the challenges imposed by the pandemic and climate change.

Through our Fijian Embassy in Jakarta, the Fijian Government is working closely with the Republic of Indonesia and the South East Asian region accredited countries to maximise opportunities for rebuilding our economy and promote social development opportunities for Fiji.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Economy, Mr. Shiri Gounder signed both the agreements which are valid for one year.
Both the Agreements align with the Framework for Development Cooperation that was formally signed between Fiji and Indonesia, in 2011.

It identifies the mutual areas of cooperation between the two countries in the advancement of common interests and aspirations.