The Taiwan government, Representative Jessica Lee of Taipei Trade Office in Fiji handed over 1,000 face masks and 500 pairs of protective gloves to Ms Makereta Komai, an executive of the Fijian Media Association (FMA) and Manager and Editor of Pacific Islands News Association
Journalists do not stop their jobs during the COVID-19 outbreak and they work hard to conduct daily reporting. For protecting Fiji media workers from contracting diseases, Ms Komai on behalf of FMA sought assistance from the Taipei Trade Office in Suva.
According to the arrangement, this batch of personal protective equipment will be distributed to local media such as Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, FBC, Fiji TV, CFL, Department of Information, Islands Business and PINA.
Ms. Komai received the donation on behalf of the Fijian Media Association and PINA, in the absence of FMA General Secretary, Mr Stanley Simpson.
“FMA and PINA is grateful to the Taipei Trade Office in Fiji for responding positively to our request. This is a timely assistance for the Fiji media particularly for the journalists who are at the front line covering COVID-19 stories. This is the first time that FMA has received an assistance from the Taiwan government. We look forward to further cooperation between FMA and Taipei Trade Office in Fiji,” said Ms Komai.