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 Fijians in Europe to Benefit from New Passport System Established in Brussels

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(Right) Mr Taniela Gavidi, Second Secretary at Fiji’s Embassy in Brussels while assisting Mr Joe Rokocoko with the processing of his e-passport

Fijians living in Europe can now lodge applications for an electronic Fijian passport following the establishment of the electronic passport processing services at the Fijian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, this week. 
 
This latest development follows the introduction of the new electronic passports by Fiji’s Immigration Department in September 2019. The new electronic passports or e-passports will consolidate security requirements at Fiji’s borders and ease travel for Fijian passport holders at ports of entry around the globe. It contains a new range of security features that will make it much more difficult for people to enter the country illegally, establishing a more secure Fijian passport. The new passport is designed to avoid forgery, identity theft, passport tampering and reproduction.
 
Fiji’s Ambassador to Belgium, Ambassador Deo Saran said that establishing this new system at the Fiji Embassy will bring relief to those Fijians living in Europe and allow them to apply for the e-passports directly at the Embassy through submission of their biometric details. He highlighted that the introduction of e-passport brings border management system on par with other international systems.
 
“The Embassy is inviting Fijians living in Europe to take advantage of this new service and to contact the Embassy for the application guidelines and processes. We are pleased that the Immigration Department recognises that this new service will benefit the Fijian diaspora living here in Europe”, said Ambassador Saran who is accredited to 10 other European countries.
 
Former New Zealand rugby union player and current coaching consultant in Paris, Joe Rokocoko, was the first Fijian to apply for a replacement e-passport at the Fiji Embassy and thanked the Government and the Embassy for providing this service.
 
“It’s perfect especially for Fijian families living in France and near to Belgium. Fijians living in Europe have been asking for a place to lodge their passport applications and this is a positive thing for us and positive for the other families that will be coming soon to lodge their applications”, said Mr Rokocoko.
 
In encouraging other Fijians to take advantage of the new system at the Embassy, Mr Rokocoko said that “there’s no excuse of delay for those families that need to apply for new passports or to renew existing passports.
 
Fijians living in Europe who are interested in learning more about this new service are encouraged to contact the Embassy on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find more information on the application guidelines. 
 
With the rollout of the new passports, Fiji officially joins the ranks of 54 other countries from around the globe that have already integrated such technology within their passports.


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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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