India talks about India-Pacific Islands joint development projects

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Speaking at the third summit of the forum co-hosted by India and Papua New Guinea, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of development projects that will advance New Delhi's partnership with members of the forum.

India talks about India-Pacific Islands joint development projects

The third summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC), co-hosted by Papua New Guinea and India, took place on Monday in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. 

Speaking at the Summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced development projects that will advance New Delhi's partnership with the 14 member countries of the Forum.

At the Summit, Modi unveiled 12 projects that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs referred to as a 12-step action plan in a statement issued in New Delhi, Anadolu reported.


"It will fulfill the developmental aspirations of the people of the region and consolidate the shared vision of a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi wrote on Twitter.

The development projects include a 100-bed hospital in Fiji, an IT and Cyber Security Training hub in Papua New Guinea, and a solar project for government buildings.


The Indian president, who arrived in Port Moreby on Sunday, met his Papua New Guinean counterpart James Marape on the sidelines of Monday's summit.

"Both leaders took stock of their bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to further strengthen their partnership across various sectors, including trade and investment, health, capacity building and skill development and Information Technology," the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


With hurricanes and rising sea levels caused by climate change one of the region's biggest challenges, the two leaders also spoke about climate action and strengthening people-to-people contacts.

Modi "reiterated India's support and respect for the priorities and wishes of the Pacific Island nations," the statement added.


The FIPIC, which was founded in 2014, is a platform that brings together India and 14 developing Pacific Island countries to discuss regional challenges.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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