The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Fiji, H.E. Gary RM Jusuf this morning gave $30,000 USD to the Fijian Government towards costs for conducting an important United Nations regional workshop on the Special Committee on Decolonization also known as the Committee of 24 (C24).

Fiji is hosting the Special Committee on Decolonization at Sofitel in Nadi from the 21st to 23rd of May this year. C24 is the UN’s entity exclusively devoted to the issue of decolonization.

The Ambassador met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, to discuss a number of ongoing bilateral issues. The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s Regional Police Academy to be based in Fiji was discussed at length.

Earlier this year, the Indonesian Government provided close to a million dollars towards the establishment of an academy designed to boost the region’s police force. A more advanced and specialized training facility is being discussed. The Indonesian Police is prepared to send counter-terrorism and other experts to the MSG Regional Police Academy. Fiji is taking a lead role in establishing the academy to train police officers from the five MSG countries.

Ambassador Jusuf also informed Minister Kubuabola that the Indonesian Government plans to provide financial assistance and other support to Fiji for the September elections. Minister Kubuabola thanked the Indonesian Government for their timely assistance and on-going support.