22nd May 08:13 PM
PM meets with Chairman of Nippon Foundation
By Iva Danford
Friday 18/05/2018
PM Voreqe Bainimarama and Mr Yohei Sasakawa during the gift exchange. [Fijian Government]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has  invited the Chairman of Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa to visit Fiji and witness first‑hand the resilience of the Fijian people.

This come after the Prime Minister and the Fijian delegation was in Japan to attend the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting.

Bainimarama was pleased to meet Sasakawa, who had initiated the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting thirty years ago.

The Prime Minister commended and acknowledged the assistance rendered to Fiji through Nippon's sister organization, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation from which the Fijian people have greatly benefitted over the years.

Sasakawa also commended the Prime Minister on Fiji's leadership at the Ocean's Conference last year in New York and urged him to continue the leadership as it is a critical issue for our climate. The Chairman added the Foundation would cooperate with Fiji in terms of capacity development.

The Prime Minister in his capacity as COP 23 President also  informed the Chairman on the progress undertaken by the Fijian Government in facilitating ways to build resilience particularly in maritime communities, and sought specialized expertise from the Foundation.

The Nippon Foundation through its affiliated organisations, renders assistance for humanitarian activities in a diverse range of areas including maritime safety, food security, health and networking, both in Japan and overseas.

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