FIJI JOURNALISTS OFF TO INDIA FOR FAMILY TRIP
Sunday, July 20. Two Senior newspaper journalists flew out to India today to join their colleagues from other developing countries as part of the familiarization trip of the world’s biggest democracy.
Rosi Tamani Doviverata, elections editor of the Fiji Sun and Avinesh Gopal, senior reporter of the Fiji Times will be in New Delhi and Bangalore for a week.
The trip was possible when the Indian Government extended an invitation to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola during his trip to India early in February.
The duo will join journalists from nine other developing countries.
The trip is one of the many evidences of the healthy bilateral relation that the two countries have enjoyed over the years.
Mr Gopal who has been in the media for a little over 20 years said he was excited and looking forward to set foot on the land of his ancestors.
“It’s been a long-time dream to set foot there but now it will be a reality with many thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indian Government for this lifetime opportunity,” he said.
Ms Tamani- Doviverata said she would make the most of the opportunity to learn and understand Fiji and India’s bilateral relation and international cooperation.
“I’m looking forward to learn lots of new things especially the culture, meet new people, establish my network, hopefully to meet up with Fijians who live there.”
“We are planning to go to the Fiji Mission in New Delhi.”
Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar briefed the journalists in Suva last week said that this familiarization trip was the first of its kind in that program.
Since 2006, the Indian Government allocates an annual grant of US$100,000 to $125,000 to Fiji towards socio- economic programs and sustainable development projects. The focal areas of these programs includes education, health and defence.