Visit by Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and Ministry of Primary Industries
A 10-member delegation from the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, and the Ministry of Primary Industries is currently on a one-week visit in Malaysia
They will be joined today by Colonel Inia Seruiratu, who is the Minister responsible for both Ministries. “The visit will enable us to learn from one of the advanced developing countries in the world, Malaysia,” according to Mr. Filipe Alifereti.
.The delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr. Filipe Alifereti, includes the Commissioner Western, Mr. Joeli Cawaki; Commissioner Central, Mr. Ilaitia Tuitubou; Commissioner Northern, Mr. Alipate Bolalevu; Commissioner Eastern, Mr. Netani Rika; Permanent Secretary for Fisheries & Forests, Mr. Inoke Wainiqolo; Deputy Secretary for Agriculture, Mr. Uraia Waibuta; Principal Fisheries Officers, Mr. George Madden and Mr. Shalendra Singh.
On Monday 16 June, the team met with the Malaysia’s Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, and later moved to the Prime Minister’s Department where it met with the Implementation and Coordination Unit and the Economic Planning Unit.
“Malaysia and Fiji have a lot of similarities and this is a good opportunity for Fiji to consider some of Malaysia’s policies in the fields of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and rural development”, added Mr. Alifereti.
“Our meetings so far have been an eye opener and we were able to see how Malaysia, which has been implementing various Transformation Policies including the Rural Transformation Policy for the last 40 years, has been implementing an integrated development framework covering all sectors”, said Mr. Alifereti.
Malaysia hopes to achieve developed nation status by 2020 and the building blocks laid over the years are really coming to fruition.
“Although Fiji has been looking at various models from developed nations such as Singapore, Malaysia provides another alternative because of its current status as a developing nation which can spur Fiji’s incremental progress”, Mr. Alifereti said.
The delegation will meet with other agencies to gain more understanding of Malaysia’s policies before returning to Fiji. The Fiji High Commission in Malaysia has been accompanyithe delegation to all its meetings.