Nayasi: Decision to establish overseas missions based on benefits

Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy secretary Esala Nayasi. Picture: FT FILE

GOVERNMENT’S decision to establish missions overseas is based on the benefits that can be accrued to Fiji, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy secretary Esala Nayasi said yesterday.

Mr Nayasi said there were a number of factors that influenced Government’s decision to establish missions overseas.

“So for us when we establish missions, one we look at the role that it plays for global, regional and bilateral for us, and second, the benefits that can be accrued to us through our engagement with these countries,” he said.

He made the statement while presenting the ministry’s 2014-2017 annual report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence.

Mr Nayasi said Fiji had achieved all it had wanted to achieve through global leadership but the issue now was on how it would keep the momentum.

“We are able to do that through the missions and through the groundwork that we have done and through the reprioritisation program,” he said.

“It is time to reconsider, reassess whatever we have with the missions, the value and the return on investments from these missions of which a decision is to be made.”

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