Vuvale Agreement

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 Fiji`s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama warned Australia that it must 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. Morrison pointed to the strong relationship between people to invoke “vuvale.” 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. 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. 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.

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. The partnership provides that the two countries allow more people to intertwine by facilitating travel between Fiji and Australia. Fijian statesman Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara built on this relational sense of common identity to affirm the family values he encapsulated in the phrase “The Pacific Way.” However, when the centre of the forum moved away from Polynesia, the phrase fell out of use. “During the visit, the two nations announced the next phase of the rehabilitation of the Blackrock camp, as well as cooperation in the design of a new Fiji Essential Maritime Services Centre, which will include the headquarters of the Republic of Fiji Marine, Fiji Maritime Surveillance and Rescue Coordination Centre, Coastal Radio and the Fiji Hydrographic Service.” The answer might surprise you, writes Stephen Dziedzic. The cultural differences between the three major etgeographic groups in the region, let alone their individual national interests, can never be dismissed too easily when important issues are addressed at the regional level. In addition to a formal meeting with Mr.

Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, Mr. Bainimarama laid a wreath at the Warriors Monument and planted a tree at the National Arboretum. “This ongoing partnership demonstrates our enduring relationship, strengthened by improved interoperability and cooperation in addressing security challenges in our region and the world,” she said, “it is a key pillar” of the Fijian-Australia partnership signed by Mr Bainimarama and Morrison. Fiji and Australia also announced their decision to enter into a peacekeeping partnership. This means that countries will support the joint operations of the Australian armed forces, which will be deployed in peacekeeping missions, other joint training activities and intelligence operations.