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India Stresses Closer Ties with Fiji, Announces $75 Million Credit Line
Nov 22, 2014

India sought to renew an old relationship with Fiji and forge closer ties with small South Pacific island nations as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit announced steps to boost closer ties with the geo-strategically important region.

Seeking stronger engagement with the Pacific Islands, India announced a 75 million of credit for Fiji for a co-generation power plant and upgrading the sugar industry and also a five million dollars fund to develop its villages, even as the two countries agreed to expand their defence and security cooperation.

The lines of credit are a part of three agreements signed between the two countries. It included 70 million dollars for a co-generation power plant at Rarav sugar mill and five million dollars to strengthen and modernise Fiji’s villages, small and medium scale industries.

India also announced a visa on arrival for Fijians and assistance projects that included a parliament library and doubling the scholarships and training slots in India for people from this country.

Narendra Modi became the second Indian Prime Minister in 33 years, after Indira Gandhi, to visit the Fijian capital. His Fiji visit underlined the growing geo-strategic importance of the 14 South Pacific islands that lie at the centre of a key maritime route rich in resources. The islands dot the ocean east of Australia, over 11,500 km away from India.

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