Trudeau and PM Talk

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama yes­ter­day spoke with his Cana­dian coun­ter­part, Justin Trudeau to dis­cuss the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Mr Trudeau of­fered his con­do­lences to Mr Bain­i­marama for the lives lost, and the dam­age sus­tained, dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Harold.

A state­ment is­sued by the Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter said the two lead­ers shared in­for­ma­tion on the spread of the virus in their coun­tries, and mea­sures taken to pro­tect the health, safety, and eco­nomic well-be­ing of their cit­i­zens.

Both em­pha­sised that in­ter­na­tional co-or­di­na­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing was crit­i­cal to re­spond ef­fec­tively to the pan­demic.

They also dis­cussed the im­pact of the virus in the Pa­cific re­gion, our chal­lenges and the need to sup­port more vul­ner­a­ble coun­tries in fight­ing the pan­demic.

Both lead­ers reaf­firmed their shared com­mit­ment to com­bat­ting cli­mate change and eco­nomic se­cu­rity.

Fiji and Canada re­la­tions fo­cus on small scale, com­mu­nity-based projects through the Canada Fund for Lo­cal Ini­tia­tives (CFLI). This is ad­min­is­tered by the High Com­mis­sion of Canada in New Zealand. Through UN Women, Canada pro­vides US$3.5 mil­lion to im­ple­ment the Pa­cific Is­lands Mar­kets for Change Project which sup­ports fe­male mer­chants in ru­ral and ur­ban mar­kets in Fiji by en­sur­ing that mar­kets pro­vide safe, in­clu­sive and nondis­crim­i­na­tory en­vi­ron­ments.

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