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Fiji establishes links to UAE

Ioane Burese
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FOREIGN Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has visited Fiji's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Robin Nair, and his staff at the newly-established Fiji Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Ratu Inoke discussed the progress in the core functions of the embassy since its opening on September 2 this year.

He also reminded embassy staff of the immense potential that UAE and the other Gulf countries present to Fiji which the embassy should be able to harness.

"I call on you to be proactive in your engagement with both the public and private sectors of the countries that the embassy is accredited to," he said. Ratu Inoke told the staff they should always be cognizant that they all work for Fiji first and that the outcomes should be relevant to the country's needs.

Mr Nair briefed Ratu Inoke on key areas the mission has been working on. These include the potential for movement of workers from Fiji to the UAE to work in sectors such as security, tourism, retail, health services industry and seafaring.

Mr Nair also advised the minister that the embassy had started processing a request for about 100 workers in the security-related industry and for a pilot project in sourcing hospitality workers from Fiji.


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