Fiji`s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has warned Australia that it will do more if it wants a stronger relationship with the Pacific, as the two countries have signed a partnership agreement that includes economic, security and community relations. The agreement stipulates that Australia extends streamlined treatment for Fijian political, commercial and sporting leaders under the Pacific Australia Card. Australia and Fiji are strengthening their relations. To learn more about the Vuvale agreement, dfat.gov.au/geo/fiji/Pages/fiji-australia-vuvale-partnership.aspx Mr. Morrison highlighted the strong relationship between people in order to invoke “vuvale.” Fortunately for Australia, the PIDF has not quite received the regional support that Bainimarama had hoped for, but it is still a message that is not completely dispelled by the Vuvale meeting. A “vuvale” (i.e. a family contract) for economic, security, cultural and sports support was recently signed between Scott Morrison and Frank Bainimarama. In recognition of our close cooperation, yesterday we agreed to intensify our bilateral relations with the Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership, a comprehensive and comprehensive agreement that will pave the way for closer security, economic and interpersonal ties. Vuvale means “family” and we are determined as a family to work together to strengthen our ties, develop our partnership, take on new opportunities and meet common challenges.

Officials will work in the coming months to finalize the text of the agreement. He had written earlier this year about the positive and intimate “family” (vuvale) relationship, negotiated by the Agreement reached in January 2019 between Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. While climate change was discussed at the bilateral meeting, the focus was on concluding the Vuvale Partnership Agreement. It has become the cornerstone of the Vuvale Partnership Agreement signed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Canberra. During his visit to Australia, Mr. Bainimarama also visited Garden Island and visited HMAS Adelaide. Sport, in particular, is a common passion. As part of the new Australian Australia-Pacific Sports Linkages program, the Australian government will support travel costs related to participating in a Fijian team to participate in the NSWRL Super Premiership in 2020. Thus, Fiji`s top athletes would participate in one of Australia`s most popular sporting events. We are also looking forward to the NRL games before the season, which will be played in the Pacific, including a game in Fiji in 2021.

To celebrate women in sport, the Australian government will work with Netball Australia to help the Fijian team prepare for the Netball World Cup in the UK in July 2019 by supporting the country.