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Fiji's High Commissioner to Malaysia presents credentials to the King of Thailand

  (Pictured in the middle) Fiji’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and Non-resident Ambassador to Thailand His Excellency, Mr Kolinio Takali after his courtesy meeting with the Asia-Pacific Regional Director of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr. Iowane Koroivuki (right)

Fiji’s Mission in Malaysia is working progressively towards broadening its collaboration with the international countries. In line with this objective, Fiji’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and Non-resident Ambassador to Thailand His Excellency, Mr Kolinio Takali presented his credentials to His Majesty King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun at the Royal Palace in Thailand earlier this month.
High Commissioner Takali conveyed the best wishes of the Fijian Government to the Government of Thailand and spoke highly of the enhanced bilateral collaborations between Fiji and Thailand which has been established upon the visit by Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to Thailand in 2015.

He said that Fiji will to work towards strengthening cooperation in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, technical cooperation, civil aviation, forestry, commerce, trade and investment.

Following the credential ceremony, High Commissioner Takali held courtesy meetings with a number of Government Ministries and UN Organisations based in Bangkok including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Thailand International Cooperation Agency, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Royal Forestry Department, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the International Telecommunications Union, and Thailand Agarwood Association. He also visited the International Law Enforcement Academy and an organic agarwood plantation in Trat Province.

“Fiji can learn a lot from Thailand’s economic progress and how it has grown to be one of the 5 big economies in Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Thailand is also the UN hub for Asia-Pacific and I will actively engage with the UN agencies in Bangkok to continue to push relevant issues like climate change and oceans that are of the national interest to Fiji,” High Commissioner Takali said.


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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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