Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown with Fiji’s PM Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: MFAI
Healthcare, law, and skilled labour shortages have been recognised as critical areas for regional cooperation.
was highlighted through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between the Cook Islands Government and the Fijian Government.
MoU for Development Cooperation aims to bring together both countries for the
benefit of the thousands of Fijians residing in the Cook Islands and Cook
Islands citizens who have contributed their expertise in Fiji.
the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Rarotonga, Cook
Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka
signed the MoU.
stated: “This is an important step in our relationship as two countries, two
peoples with very long-standing and deep relationships.”
emphasised that the MoU is just the first step in strengthening ties between
the two nations.
explained that the bilateral agreement focuses on economic and social services.
He underscored that this is a significant step in enhancing stronger ties
between the two countries, recognising the importance of regional cooperation.
remarked, “Thousands of Fijians have been instrumental in the Cook Islands’
development, and Cook Island citizens have contributed their expertise in Fiji.
It's a win-win situation for both nations!”
reiterated their commitment to strengthening these bonds and supporting each
other, expressing optimism for the future of their partnership.
the question of direct flights between the two countries, Rabuka clarified that
this is not currently being discussed.