Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Government of the Republic of Fiji has organised the Rural Development Symposium 2018 in Nadi, Fiji, from 16th to 17th April, 2018.

The symposium was opened by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Fiji, Qian Bo. Over 100 participants and experts from key government agencies and stakeholders attended the meeting to take part in the symposium to provide their valuable input in the development of Rural Development policy. Representative from other thirteen CIRDAP member countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam participated in the meeting.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management of Government of the Republic of the Fiji, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama said that the objective of the symposium is to brainstorm, get ideas and views from stakeholders on how they could better serve the rural population.

The symposium was comprised of 5 sessions focused on the flowing thematic areas:

  1. Transforming the Rural Economy;
  2. Connectivity in ICT;
  3. Financial Inclusion and Economic Empowerment,
  4. Governance in Rural Development; and
  5. Rural Development and Emerging Issues.

The symposium was concluded with the closing remarks by H.E. Mr. Vishvas Sapkal, the High Commissioner of India to Fiji.

Snapshots of the Symposium