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Embassy of the Republic of Fiji to Seoul, South Korea

MInauguration of the Republic of Korea - Pacific Islands Trade and Tourism Promotion Project (TTPP)

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 Ambassador Lalabalavu with Hon. Lee Taeho, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (fourth from right) and members of the diplomatic and business community

Fiji’s Ambassador to Korea, H.E Peniana Lalabalavu recently opened a networking session called the “Meet the Pacific” event, organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation in Korea, on the margins of the inaugural launch of the Republic of Korea-Pacific Islands Trade and Tourism Promotion Project (TTPP)”.

The side event aimed to strengthen the networking of tourism stakeholders and introduce their area of work within the Pacific to the Korean tourism industry.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea in partnership with the Pacific Islands Countries launched the “Republic of Korea-Pacific Islands Trade and Tourism Promotion Project (TTPP)”.
The event was hosted by Honorable Lee Tae-ho, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul at the Official Residence of the Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

During the event, Ambassador Lalabalavu also presented a plaque of appreciation to Korean Airlines (KAL) for their direct flight service to Fiji since 2005.

Currently, Korean Air operates three (3) flights per week to Fiji, which provides access to other Pacific Islands. The award was accepted by Mr. Chae Jong Hun, Managing Vice-President of the Regional Headquarters of Korean Air on behalf of Korean Airlines. The Vice President shared how deeply honored Korean Air was to be recognised and appreciated through the award.

The project is the first of its kind to be supported by the ROK under the “Republic of Korea-Pacific Islands Countries (ROK-PICs) Cooperation”, in its effort to promote more structured and long-term trade and tourism promotional activity for the Pacific region as a whole.

In his opening address at the launch, Vice-Minister Lee expressed hope that the Project would help to enormously boost people-to-people links and advance diplomatic collaboration. In this regard, he urged South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) to contribute further efforts to promote trade and tourism between the ROK and the PICs.

The Project will be implemented over the next two years and is expected to pave the way for enhanced cooperation and boost sustainable economic development for the two sides.

The launch was attended by Government officials from ROK, members of the diplomatic corp and business community, hotel and tour operators from the Pacific region, and so forth.

Both events also included a performance by Korean youth volunteers from the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) who had visited Fiji and Pacific.

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 Managing Vice-President of the Regional Headquarters of Korean Air
Ambassador Lalabalavu (left) with Mr. Chae Jong Hun


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 Ambassador Lalabalavu (center) with Fijian hotel and tour operators     




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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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