Fiji ready and open for business

Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu having discussions with ambassador of Morocco, Karim Medrek after the opening of the familiarization visit program for Non Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE first ever Familiarization Visit Program for Non-Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners Accredited to Fiji was launched today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH).

The theme for the event is Nurturing Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development,” and it is intended to strengthen Fiji’s bilateral relations and cooperation with the countries participating in the programme who are based in Canberra and Wellington, which span the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, Western Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

While opening the event, Mr Seruiratu said Fiji was ready and open for business.

“’My role as Minister for Foreign Affairs, my intent is to build greater level or bilateral, regional and multilateral partnerships and cooperation at all levels,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“I encourage you as accredited Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Fiji to identify at least one area or sector during this visit that we can cooperate in that would be of mutual benefit to our countries.”

The programme will highlight Fiji’s national development efforts and strengthening global partnerships to achieve development aspirations across all sectors.

It will include a full day of discussions and engagement between the Fijian Government representatives and the 17 participating envoys on Fiji’s national development priorities and plans, economic, trade and investment policies, financial and regulatory policy, tourism and explore other opportunities for cooperation in various sectors.

The visiting Heads of Missions would also have the opportunity to witness environmental programs adopted by Fiji to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The delegates are also expected to visit  Colo-i-Suva and Daku Village in Tailevu tomorrow.

The event concludes on Thursday.

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