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Watch | PM Narendra Modi conferred with Fiji's highest honour, says, 'not just mine but that of 140 cr Indians'

PM Narendra Modi was conferred with Fiji's highest honour in recognition of his global leadership, a rare honour for a non-Fijian

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being honoured with Fiji's highest honor -the Companion of the Order of Fiji (CF) by Fiji PM Sitiveni Rubuka in Port Moresby (PTI)Premium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being honoured with Fiji's highest honor -the Companion of the Order of Fiji (CF) by Fiji PM Sitiveni Rubuka in Port Moresby (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday conferred with the highest honour of Fiji by its premier Sitiveni Rabuka. PM Modi dedicated the the Companion of the Order of Fiji (CF) honour to 140 crore Indians and to the generations of the Fiji-Indian community, who have played a key role in the special and enduring bond between the two countries.

PM Modi was conferred with Fiji's highest honour in recognition of his global leadership, a rare honour for a non-Fijian. Only a handful of Non-Fijians have received this honour till date.

Prime Minister Modi on Monday met with the leaders of Pacific Island nations on the sidelines of the third India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit in Papua New Guinea.

The Third Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit, which was held at Port Moresby on Monday, was jointly hosted with Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi co-chaired the Summit with Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea.

India's engagement with the 14 Pacific Island Countries (PICs) is part of India's Act East Policy. FIPIC includes 14 island countries - Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

PM Modi also announced a 12-step programme to propel India's partnerships with Pacific Island countries. The first of the announcements include opening up a new 100-bed regional super specialty hospital in Fiji and setting up a Regional IT and Cyber Security Training Hub in Papua New Guinea.

Other announcements include-Sagar Amrut Scholarships -1000 scholarships in the next 5 years, Jaipur Foot Camp in Papua New Guinea in 2023, two camps annually in other Pacific Island Countries, FIPIC SME Development Project, Solar project for Government buildings, Provide desalination units for drinking water, Supply sea ambulances, Set up dialysis units, Set up of 24x7 emergency helpline, Set up of Jan Aushadi Kendras, and to set up Yoga centres, respectively.

Though these countries are relatively small in land area and distant from India, many have large exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and offer promising possibilities for fruitful cooperation.

India's focus has been mainly on the Indian Ocean where it has sought to play a major role and protect its strategic and commercial interests. The FIPIC initiative marks a serious effort to expand India's engagement in the Pacific region.

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Updated: 22 May 2023, 11:38 AM IST
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