Modi becomes first Indian Prime Minister in 33 years to visit Fiji

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Fiji on 19 November 2014 on an official visit. In his address to the Fiji Parliament, he proposed that Fiji could become the hub for India’s regional cooperation in space.

He also announced a grant of $5 million to strengthen and modernize Fiji’s village, small and medium industries and a Line of Credit of $70 million for a co-generation power plant at Rarav Sugar Mill and another $5 million for upgrading the sugar industry in Fiji.

He also offered India’s expertise and assistance in the agriculture and offered India’s help in developing Fiji’s dairy industry. He said that both could expand trade in areas like fisheries, textiles and garments, and gems and jewellery and announced that India is setting up a centre of excellence in information technology in Fiji.

Expressing his delight at the signing of three agreements between New Delhi and Suva, Fijian Prime Minister Josiah Bainimarama said that he is proud to have India as a partner in his country’s future. “This is only the beginning. We have some 15 more agreements in the works and we expect to sign them soon,” said Bainimarama.

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