A team from the Australia Pacific Security College (APSC) met with the Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Inia Seruiratu, on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

This
meeting was to brief him on possible areas of continued collaboration between
the APSC and the Ministry of Defence & National Security which will be
linked to the implementation of Fijis first ever National Security Strategy
(NSS).

The
collaboration, which began last year (2019), stems from the Fiji – Australia
bilateral agreement – the Vuvale Partnership, which aims at strengthening ties
between Fiji and Australia.

The APSC is based at the Australia National University (ANU) in Canberra and the two person team consisted of the Director of the APSC, Professor Meg Keen and the Deputy Director of APSC, Associate Professor Robert Styles.

The APSC is working with countries across the region in capacity building initiatives under the Boe Declaration signed by Pacific Island Forum Leaders in Nauru in 2018.

Whilst
in Fiji, the team from the APSC met with other key stakeholders who are crucial
in the progression of Fiji to realize the Vision of the draft NSS, which is
drawn directly from the National Development Plan.

The
draft NSS, which has been endorsed in principle by the National Security &
Defence Council (NSDC), is at its final stages of vetting before it is tabled
in Cabinet for endorsement.

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