Visit of the Vice-President of Kiribati in New Caledonia
Visit of the Vice-President of Kiribati in New Caledonia (Nouméa, Ouvéa 23-27 January)
The Vice-President of the Government of New Caledonia, Jean-Louis d’Anglebermes, met the Vice-President of the Republic of Kiribati, Kourabi Nenem in Nouméa on 25 January. During this visit which was facilitated by the French Embassy in Suva, the Vice-President Nenem also met with the Secretary general of the High Commission of the French Republic in New Caledonia, Mr Laurent Cabrera. On his way back the Vice-President Nenem stopped in Suva where he had a meeting with the French Ambassador Mr Michel Djokovic on bilateral and regional cooperation.
The Vice-President, Mr Kourabi Nenem, coming from a low lying country particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, sea level rise and scarcity of fresh water, was looking for innovative solutions that can respond to the drought in his country.
He was particularly interested in the technologies for supply of drinking water developed by the water company “Calédoniennes des eaux” in the island of Ouvéa. Mr Nenem said that he has been "impressed" by the processing plant of desalination of seawater in Ouvéa.
The Vice-President d’Anglebermes thanked the Government of Kiribati for its support for the accession of New Caledonia to full membership in the Pacific Islands Forum decided during the last summit of the PIF in September 2016 in Honiara. Prospects for enhanced bilateral cooperation were also discussed in particular in vocational training.
The Vice-President of Kiribati thanked New Caledonia for its help in training the weightlifting athletes at the Pacific Weightlifting Institute located in Mont-Dore close to Nouméa. This facility has already welcomed many Kiribati athletes including the gold medalist at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow, David Katoatau, who now serves as a goodwill ambassador for his country around the world.