S.No Country Date and Year of Sign Partner Agency Areas of Cooperation Major Accomplishments
1 Fiji 12th May 2023 (The MoU is valid for a period of 5 years) The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and High Commission of India (Fiji), will facilitate MoES in the establishment of SCORI at University of South Pacific (USP) through funding and maintaining it for 5 years and later handed over to USP for sustaining its core functions. The objectives of the MoU are i) To coordinate & promote the Research and Development in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs)
ii) To develop policies for the sustainable management and protection of marine and coastal ecosystems as well as to address coastal hazards and vulnerability due to global warming, ocean acidification and climate change etc.
iii) To promote research cooperation between the countries on the basis of mutual respect for each other’s autonomy in conformity with the laws and regulation in force in each country and institution, and within their respective available resources.

The establishment of Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Research Institute (SCORI) at Fiji is an initiative of the Government of India, under its ‘Act East Policy’, to promote multilateral cooperation with the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in the area of ocean sciences and climate change adaptation.