Plans for a Cook Islands high commission in Fiji

Cook Islands finance minister Mark Brown. Picture: COOK ISLANDS NEWS

THE Cook Islands government plans to establish a high commission in Fiji in a bid to gain more interaction with key partners and expand on trade and economic opportunities.

This was announced by the Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown while delivering his 2018/19 budget address for the island nation recently.

According to Mr Brown, the Cook Islands has economic ties to Fiji through the import and export of goods, communications and transport links.

“Fiji is a regional hub for diplomatic missions of numerous countries and also hosts the regional offices of many of our key multilateral partners,” he said.

“By establishing a Cook Islands mission in Fiji, this will allow our country to have more direct interactions with key partners, increase the Cook Islands’ influence within the region, and expand trade and economic opportunities both in, and with, the main Pacific regional hub.”

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