Minister Ratu Kubuabola at ROK - Pacific Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Seoul

The first ever Meeting between the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and his counterparts, Foreign Ministers from the 14 Pacific Island Countries got underway in Seoul on Tuesday 31st June, 2011. The Meeting under the theme “Vision & Action: Cooperation across the Ocean” now provides a new forum for Foreign Ministers to engage in discussions on ways to expanding cooperation between Pacific Island Countries and the Republic of Korea. In opening the Meeting, Korea’s Foreign Minister, H.E Mr. Kim Sung-Hwan said that despite the fact that relations between Korea and the Pacific is relatively young, Korea is determined and committed to elevate its bilateral and regional relations and cooperation with the Pacific.

In delivering Fiji’s National Statement, Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said that the First Korea-Pacific Island Foreign Minister’s Meeting marks yet another milestone in the ever expanding collective bilateral relations between Korea and the Pacific. On development cooperation, Minister Kubuabola told the Koreans that Fiji, a country observing the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action, prefers to deal with issues of development cooperation on a bilateral basis. This will ensure that we are provided with leeway to set our own strategy for economic development, strengthening our institutions, improving good governance and at the same time, allowing donors like Korea to align behind these objectives and use local systems.

A full text and summary of the Minister’s statement can be accessed on the Newsletter column of this website and through the link below.


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