Fiji opens new consulate general and trade commission in Sydney

Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama delivers his address at the opening of the new Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission office in Sydney, Australia. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission Office in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.

In his address at the event, the PM said that the opening of the Fiji Trade Office was a recognition of the growing strength of Fiji’s relationship with Australia.

“We’re leaving old disagreements in the past, where they belong and we’re writing a new chapter in our partnership – putting Fiji and Australia in a position to take our cooperation to historic heights, particularly when it comes to opening up new and greater flows of trade and investment,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said Fiji remained a favored destination for Australian tourists, with tourism earnings from the Australian market achieving a historic high last year of nearly F$1bn.

“Our two-way trade is steadily on the rise, as the Fijian economy has soared to a record nine straight years of economic growth, and confidence in Fiji is sky-high as seen in the nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of Australian investment into our country last year,” Mr Bainimarama said.

The office will also offer consular services to the 100,000 Fijians who live in Australia, majority of which reside in New South Wales.

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