India helping Fiji with indelible ink, vehicles for polls

India helping Fiji with indelible ink, vehicles for polls

New Delhi: India, the world’s largest democracy, will provide indelible ink, vehicles and training for election officials to Fiji, where long-awaited general elections are due in September.

This was announced by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during an interaction here with Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

He said both sides have agreed to boost cooperation in the area of agriculture, especially in the sugar sector.

“The upgradation programme provided by India has helped to increase sugar yield, strengthen capacity building and promote technology transfer,” he said, adding that India is embarking on a second Line of Credit for Fiji’s sugar sector.

India is also considering cooperation on a co-generation project in the sector.

India and Fiji are also cooperating in the health sector. Khurshid said India also sees the prospect of Fiji emerging as a regional hub for generic medicines sourced from India to provide affordable healthcare.

Cultural exchanges between the two nations are growing, said Khurshid, adding that several Indian filmmakers have been travelling to Fiji for shooting films.

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