by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Disaster Risk Management last year, Fiji and Indonesia signed a Plan of Action (PoA) on Disaster Management Cooperation.
The signed Plan of Action (PoA) will allow the two nations exchange cooperation in disaster preparedness, management and response.
With both nations sharing similar climate conditions prone to natural disaster, the signed Plan of Action will facilitate the implementation of the MoU that was signed last year. The signed MoU last year entails six key areas of focus.
- Strengthening the exchange of knowledge and expertise in prevention and preparedness on disaster risk reduction,
- Climate change adaptation and recovery
- Enhancement of human resources quality through understanding best practices,
- Participation in joint trainings, workshops and programs related to disaster risk management,
- Mutual assistance in cases of natural disaster and
- Engagement in other method of cooperation as mutually agreed in writing by both parties.
Now with the plan of action, both nations will exchange technical information, capacity building, specialists and transfer of technology to help address disaster management and improve their capacity.
The Plan of Action was signed by Fiji’s Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Permanent Secretary Meleti Bainimarama, Indonesia’s Disaster Management Secretary General Dody Ruswandi and witnessed by Fijian Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu and Indonesian counterpart Hon. Minister Mr. Willem Rampangillei.
This partnership is another milestone for Fiji and Indonesia as they continue to maintain their bilateral ties.
Source: Fiji Times Online