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Fiji's Minister for Foreign Affairs Commends Mission for Driving Fiji Agenda in Europe

 
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Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu with the staff at the Fiji Embassy in Brussels

Fiji’s Embassy in Brussels has been commended for the role that they play in strengthening Fiji’s multilateral and bilateral relations in Europe, especially in the areas of trade, agriculture, political development and climate change.


At a briefing last week to the newly appointed Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Ambassador Deo Saran said that the Mission’s role was diverse and vast in terms of accreditation. In welcoming the Minister Seruiratu to Brussels and to the Fiji Embassy, Ambassador Saran said that the Embassy is one of Fiji’s unique Mission in the sense that it carries out both multilateral and bilateral work.


“The Mission is accredited to more than 11 European countries and 14 international organisations that operates in the field of trade, political development, peace and security, agriculture, climate, culture and education, and tourism”, Ambassador Saran said.


In his brief to Fiji’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Saran said the Mission’s strategic priorities included the consultations and negotiations on Post-2020 relations between the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union. It is also to strengthen bilateral ties with EU countries of accreditation focusing on investments, tourism, climate change and oceans diplomacy, strengthen multilateral corporation with United Nations and international agencies.

Following yesterday’s briefing, Minister Seruiratu reminded the Embassy on the important role it plays in boosting opportunities for Fiji’s development sector particularly in agriculture and trade. He also congratulated the Mission staff for their commitment and dedication to driving Fiji’s agenda in Europe.

Minister Seruiratu is leading a delegation to the 2019 ACP Council of Ministers which is taking place in Brussels. Earlier in the week he led Fiji's delegation to the 4th High Level Political Dialogue between Fiji and the European Union.

 

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 A

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