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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fiji

 Australian Foreign Affairs and Womens Minister to Visit Fiji this Week

 
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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne

The bilateral engagements between Fiji and Australia will reach to greater heights with the official visit to Fiji by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne, to take place from 3rd to 5th of June.
 
This is the first visit by Minister Payne after being reappointed as the Minister for Foreign Affairs, after the recent elections in Australia.
 
During the visit, Minister Payne will meet with the Hon. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. She will also meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Inia Seruiratu and other senior Ministers.
 
It recognizes the renewed commitment of the two nations to strengthen the 'Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership,' which was declared during the historic visit by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in January this year. The two governments are currently working on finalizing the Vuvale Partnership Agreement.
 
Australia is one of Fiji's largest trade and investment partners and the two nations work together closely as fellow members of multilateral and regional forums, such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Commonwealth and Pacific Islands Forum.

 

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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 A

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