16th November 10:00 AM
Pacific China Friendship Association signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Pacific Islands Development Forum
By Iva Danford
Thursday 13/09/2018
[L-R] Secretary General for the Pacific Islands Development Forum Francois Martel and Princess Salote Pilolevu

The Pacific China Friendship Association who signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with the Pacific Islands Development Forum, is also offering scholarships to students in Fiji that want to pursue a career in the blue economy which is study of the use of the sea and its resources for sustainable economic development.

This was highlighted by the President of the Pacific China Friendship Association Hiria Ottino at the signing ceremony between the Association represented by its patron Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita and the PIDF Secretariat.

Hiria says they are working with the Shanghai Ocean University to be able to train all young people to be engaged in the blue economy.

He says these scholarships can be in business, legal affairs, aquaculture and ocean research but always linked to the ocean.

Hiria says that these courses are based on the student’s preference and they are offering 1 year to 5 year scholarships.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General for Fiji-China Friendly Association Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau says that Fiji lost seven scholarships last year because the time that these scholarships are been given is very odd for Fiji and it is either too late or very early.

Ganilau says that they are working to fix this.

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