Strong partnership

Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno and the Fijian Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya at the signing ceremony in Bali, Indonesia. Picture: SUPPLIED

A memorandum of understanding signed between Fiji and Indonesia seeks stronger partnership in accelerating tourism recovery, strengthening private sector collaboration and capacity building.

The MOU was jointly signed by the Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno and the Fijian Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya in Bali, Indonesia.

A statement from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport yesterday said the MOU which also sought to enhance cooperation in tourism was signed along the margins of the G20 Trade, Investment and Industry and Tourism Ministerial Meetings in Bali, Indonesia — and ahead of World Tourism Day.

“Our bilateral relations span over three decades – and remain strong. Just two months ago, the Fijian Prime Minister reaffirmed Fiji’s support to strengthen bilateral and economic ties with H.E. Retno Marsudi, at the 17th Session of the G20 Summit. And today, we want to pursue this further,” said Mr Koya.

“Through this MOU, we intend to build synergy in areas of shared significance such as rural tourism. This will be more than bilateral relations, there will be greater private sector and people-to-people ties,” Mr Koya.

“This is a milestone achievement for the two economies who share similar opportunities and challenges such as climate change and human capital. The implementation of this MOU will increase collaboration in areas of product and human resource development, Tourism promotion and knowledge exchange,” said Mr Uno.

Greater scope of areas will be identified into supporting areas such as infrastructure, technology, trade and investment.

After the signing of the MOU, the Fijian delegation will represent Fiji at the G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting on September 26 and the World Tourism Day with the theme ‘Rethinking Tourism’ on September 27, 2022.

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