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Excellencies,

• I am very grateful to you all for sharing your thoughts. All the issues raised today are of interest to all of us.

• Your remarks give me a much better flavour of your perceptions and priorities.

• India has always been keen to work closely with you to advance your development priorities.

• India wishes to be a close partner of the Pacific Islands.

• I would wish to announce a number of measures to strengthen this partnership.

1. Setting up of a Special Adaptation Fund of $ 1 million:

• Climate change is a major issue of concern for Pacific Island Countries.

• By setting up this Fund, India would be happy to provide technical assistance and training for capacity building to our Pacific Island Partners.

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2. Pan Pacific Islands Project:

• Given the distance between the islands and poor connectivity, e-networks are an effective means for coordination.

• In keeping with the success achieved in the pan-Africa Project, we propose to develop Pan Pacific Islands Project for telemedicine and tele-education.

• We are also working on a solar energy project with the Pacific Islands at the community level. The regional hubs will be developed in the Pacific Islands.

3. Indian Visa on arrival all the fourteen Pacific Island Countries:

• I have noticed the inconvenience in travel due to Visa issues.

• I would wish to provide Visa on Arrival for nationals of all Pacific Island countries, Cook Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Republic of Nauru, Republic of Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Niue, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

• I am confident that this will facilitate exchanges and promote better understanding between our peoples.

4. Increase in Grant-in-Aid to Pacific Island Countries:

• Currently, we provide Grant in Aid of 125 thousand US Dollars annually to each Pacific Island Country for community projects selected by you.

• I am happy to announce that we are increasing this aid to $ 200,000 annually. This would be rolled over annually.

5. Establish Trade Office in India:

• This has been a long time request from you to promote trade between India and Pacific Island Countries.

• We are ready to support the setting up of a Trade Office at an existing diplomatic representation in New Delhi.

• We shall also provide complimentary space to Pacific Island countries during exhibitions organised by ITPO to showcase your products.

• We need to find complementarities in our trade. India could be important source of low cost medicines. 

• We can do joint research in traditional medicine. Explore options of developing healthcare facilities for the benefit of people in the region. 

6. Deputation of ITEC experts:

• We will continue to share our experience and expertise with allof you.

• In this context, I propose that we shall depute technical experts to your countries including in the fields of agriculture, healthcare and IT.

7. Training to Diplomats from Pacific Island Countries:

• We shall be happy to expand our efforts for your diplomats. 

• In this context, Foreign Service Training Institutes will organise training programmes to the Diplomats of Pacific Island countries. These would be held here and in India.

8. Distinguished Visitors Programme:

• I propose to commence a Distinguished Visitors Programme.

• Under this we can organise seminars and invite friends from the region. This would help to explore new ideas for strengthening our mutually beneficially economic cooperation.

9. Space Cooperation:

• We propose cooperation in use of Space technology applications for improving the quality of life of our people and communications.

• We can look at possibilities of sharing data that could be used for monitoring climate change, disaster risk reduction and management, resource management.

10. Forum of India-Pacific Island Cooperation: • Lastly, given the response I have received today, I propose that a Forum for India – Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) be held on a regular basis. The next meeting can be held in 2015 in one of the coastal location in India.

Excellencies,

• I thank you once again for your kind presence today. I look forward to seeing you in India next year. 

Thank you.

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PM to visit UP on October 20 and inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport
October 19, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 20th October, 2021. At around 10 AM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. Subsequently, at around 11:30 AM, he will participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. Thereafter, at around 1:15 PM, the Prime Minister will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar.

Inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport

The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying Sri lankan delegation of over hundred Buddhist Monks & dignitaries including the 12-member Holy Relic entourage bringing the Holy Buddha Relics for Exposition. The delegation also comprises of Anunayakas (deputy heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka i.e Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramanya, Malwatta as well as five ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka led by Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapakshe.

The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. It will facilitate domestic & international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment & employment opportunities in the region.

Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple

Prime Minister will visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, offer Archana and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha and also plant a Bodhi tree sapling.

Prime Minister will participate in an event, organised to mark Abhidhamma Day. The day symbolises the end of three-month rainy retreat – Varshavaas or Vassa – for the Buddhist Monks, during which they stay at one place in vihara & monastery and pray. The event will also be attended by eminent Monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan and Cambodia, as well as Ambassadors of various countries.

Prime Minister will also walk through the exhibition of Paintings of Ajanta frescos, Buddhist Sutra Calligraphy and Buddhist artefacts excavated from Vadnagar and other sites in Gujarat.

Inauguration & laying of Foundation Stone of development projects

Prime Minister will participate in a public function at Barwa Jangal, Kushinagar. In the event, he will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore. The Medical college will have a 500 bed hospital and provide admissions to 100 students in MBBS course in academic session 2022-2023. Prime Minister will also inaugurate & lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore.