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Envoys told to be proactive

Ioane Burese
Thursday, January 31, 2013

FIJI'S heads of missions in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands are being urged to take a more proactive role in advancing Fiji's foreign policy within the region.

Foreign Ministry permanent secretary Amena Yauvoli told a forum yesterday for Fiji's diplomatic heads of missions based in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Suva that more effort was needed to push for economic relations within the region. A government statement quotes Mr Yauvoli as saying "We need to collectively contribute towards government's objective in driving growth in the economy and lifting the standard of living for the people".

The two-day forum is aimed at increasing Fiji's global engagement through regional realignment and is being conducted by Fiji's Ambassador to Japan Isikeli Mataitoga.

The forum is being attended by Fiji's acting Head of Mission to Australia Cheryl Brown-Irava, acting Head of Mission in New Zealand Mere Tora, High Commissioner to PNG Romanu Tikotikoca, Roving Ambassador (Pacific Islands) Litia Mawi and Consular in Sydney Losana Ravuso.

"The aim of this forum is not to maintain the status quo — but to lift it up to another level," Mr Mataitoga said.