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Fiji Honorary Consul (HC) in Rio to focus on Business Cooperation between Fiji and Brazil

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Ambassador Tuiloma and Fiji's Honorary Consul Mr. Ruy Flaks Schneider

H.E. Ambassador Cama Tuiloma commissioned the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Fiji to the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Ruy Flaks Schneider, on the 21st of May 2018.

Brazilian Merchant Banker, Mr. Schneider is the CEO of Schneider & Cia, an International Banking and Management Consulting firm in Brazil and abroad.

He has a very lengthy and distinguished career having spent more than 20 years of his professional experience at senior executive level as a Naval Officer (Vice Admiral to be exact), president of several Boards and directorship of numerous large organizations and companies, a prolific Engineer, an International banker and a War College Professor.

The Fiji Embassy in Brasilia is thankful to have secured the services of Mr. Schneider who comes with a wide array of knowledge and skills, and wealth of relevant experience that will be a strength and great asset to the Mission’s work not only in the state of Rio but for whole of Brazil and the South America region.

Ambassador Tuiloma congratulated Mr. Schneider, on behalf of the Fiji Government and expressed deep gratitude for his commitment and professional allegiance to perform his duties with the additional impetus to intensify and expand Fiji’s bilateral relations and diplomatic footprint in Brazil.

With the establishment of the new Honorary Consul’s Office, Ambassador Tuiloma is confident that Fiji stands to benefit much more from cooperation in trade and investment, tourism and agriculture, amongst other priorities, with the state and city of Rio de Janeiro.

This is the second Honorary Consul established in Brazil as the first HC was commissioned in December 2017 for the state and city of Sao Paulo, the economic epicenter of Brazil and South America.

 


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Several members of Public Accounts Committee of the Fijian Parliament visiting Wellington this week took advantage of a visit to the Wellington City Council’s Southern Landfill yesterday to glean a few ideas for waste management in Fiji. This included the Hon. Alexander O’Connor, Assistant Minister for Health, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, Opposition parliamentarian and Ms. Priya Chand, Parliamentary Secretary who were accompanied by the Fiji High Commission New Zealand staff.

The Southern landfill is an impressive setup particularly as it focuses on recycling and minimising the damage to the environment at the landfill.

 

Other remarkable features of the landfill were its gas collection, electricity regeneration, green waste mulching and water table management. The Hon. O’Connor, an engineer by profession, was particularly impressed and intends to develop a few ideas for the Fijian Government to consider.

 

The PAC members were invited to attend the Pacific PAC training seminar in Wellington facilitated by UNDP from the 12th to the 13th December.

The PAC members, including Deputy Chair, Hon. Mohammed Dean, MP, were hosted to afternoon tea at the Fiji Chancery.  It was an opportunity for the Parliamentarians to meet the Locally Engaged Staff at the Mission and also update the staff on the work and concerns of the Public Accounts Committee.

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