Speaker of the Fijian Parliament, Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni met her counterpart of the Singapore Parliament, H.E. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin in Singapore on Tuesday, 31st October 2017, to discuss the draft Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing the Singapore and Fiji Parliament Friendship Relations.
Hon. Dr Luveni said that the relationship between the two parliaments will develop and generate sharing of experiences particularly in the role of parliament in engaging with the public and promotion of democracy.
She also congratulated Mr Jin on his appointment after replacing H.E. Madam Halimah Yacob who created history as the first female President of Singapore after declared President-elect in September.
The meeting focused on inter-parliamentary co-operation and mutual understanding among Members of Parliament with the aim of promoting friendly relations and exchanges between the two countries.
Other topics that were also discussed include the role of the Speaker in engaging with the communities, role of parliament on SDGs and the effects of Climate Change.
Mr Jin was overwhelmed with the exchange of ideas especially Fiji’s parliamentary progress. The friendship program is to promote and cultivate existing ties through networking and exchanging information and views on matters of mutual concern.
The MOU is to be signed early next year.
Hon. Dr Luveni was later hosted lunch by Mr Mathews Verghese, Ambassador designated to the Pacific Islands Forum at the Singapore Cricket Club before she travelled to Bangladesh for the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference from 1-8 November.