Tuvalu and New Zealand sign statement of partnership/吐瓦魯、紐西蘭簽署夥伴關係聲明協議 / by Minute Taupo

New Zealand's DPM also foreign minister Winston Peters has led a ministerial delegation to Tuvalu on March 3rd, 2019, where he met Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.

During the visit, PM Sopoaga and Minister Peters signed the "Tuvalu-New Zealands Statement of Partnership", which prioritizes working together on climate change, workforce development and regional security.

Minister Peters said the agreement sets out the fundamental principles for the relationship to develop between 2019-2023.

PM Sopoaga said with its various challenges, Tuvalu's voice needs to be heard more clearly internationally and within the region. The new agreement will assist in this regard. He also believed the new agreement is as pathway for two nations to move forward and hopefully can regularize meetings between Tuvalu and Wellington.

PM Sopoaga further said that there're many areas that the two countries can work together on. "Issues of climate change; visa, immigration issues of Tuvaluans coming to New Zealand; vocational training and hands-on training and the building of local capacity of Tuvalu."

The New Zealand delegation, which includes Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Pacific People Minister Aupito William Sio.

Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta

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紐西蘭副總理暨外長皮特斯(Winston Peters)於3月3日率團訪問吐瓦魯,期間與吐國總理索本嘉(Enele Sopoaga)簽署《夥伴聲明協議》,未來雙方將優先就氣候變遷、勞動力發展及區域安全三大領域進行合作。

紐國外長指出,該協議係2019至2023年間吐紐兩國關係發展奠定之重要基礎。索本嘉總理稱,當前吐瓦魯面臨諸多挑戰,而該協議有助於讓吐國人民聲音更為國際與泰太平洋地區所聽見,更期盼未來吐瓦魯與紐西蘭雙邊會議能定期舉行。

吐紐雙邊有眾多可展開合作的領域: 氣候變遷、簽證核發、移民議題、職業訓練及人員培力等。

另紐國社會發展部長Carmel Sepuloni及太平洋民族部長Aupito William Sio亦隨團訪問。

圖片來源:RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta
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