Fiji and Indonesia’s Defence ministries have formalised an agreement which will bring much closer cooperation between the countries’ police forces.
Fiji’s Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga signed the agreement in a ceremony in Jakarta this week.
Earlier this year Fiji signed a Development Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with Indonesia, setting the platform for enhanced cooperation between the institutions of both countries.
“Our Police Cooperation Agreement is the first under the Indonesia-Fiji DCA and it demonstrates our commitment to further enhance relations at the institutional levels for the mutual benefits it entails for our Forces,” Cokanasiga says.
Minister Cokanasiga and Fiji’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Ratu Tui Cavuilati, have also visited a weapons-making factory in Bandung, where the minister was able to see at first hand the process of making armoured vehicles and light weapons by the State-owned Company, PT.
They also viewed a consignment of weapons recently ordered for the Fiji Military Forces which will be dispatched shortly.
The delegation also met with the Secretary to the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Dr Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, M.H on Tuesday and Chief of the Indonesian National Police, Timur Pradopo and his senior staff.
The Fiji delegation includes the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Iowane Naivalurua, Land Force Commander of the Fiji Military Forces, Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga, Senior Superintendent of Police, Maretino Qiolevu and Joji Dumukoro of the Ministry of Defence.