Vital to review processes for future royal visits: Naivalurua

Official Secretary of the Office of the President Pene Baleinabuli (left) with Permanent Secretary for Fiji's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Major General (Ret'd) Ioane Naivalurua and British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Ioane Naivalurua says it is vital to review present processes in the National Standard Operating Procedures for organising future royal and high-level diplomatic visits into the country.

Mr Naivalurua made this remark at an After Action Review (AAR) meeting that his ministry, the Office of the President and the British High Commission had earlier this week with the Inter Agency Coordination Committee (IACC) – to discuss lessons learned from their joint organising of the Official Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Fiji last month.

During the meeting, the IACC members reflected on lessons learned to capture for inclusion in the review of agency-specific Standard Operating Procedures, and to enhance the National Standard Operating Procedure for organising such visits in future, a Government statement issued this afternoon stated.

And he acknowledged the role of the British High Commission and all the stakeholders for their collaborative support, Mr Naivalurua said it was important to review the present processes to incorporate the lessons learnt, and reflect the consolidated strategies to improve the National Standard Operating Procedure that would guide IACC when planning for any high-level visits to be hosted by Fiji in the future.

He said multisectoral cooperation between agencies was the foundation to enhance the plans and level of coordination required while hosting such visits to the island nation.

British High Commissioner Excellency Melanie Hopkins thanked all the Royal Visit IACC members for their commitment and team work.

Ms Hopkins made particular acknowledgement of Mr Naivalurua’s strong leadership who chaired the Royal Visit Interagency Coordinating Committee.

The IACC members were also recognised through the presentation of commendation certificates.

Twenty five agencies were involved in the planning, preparation and execution of the official Royal Visit.

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