Ambassador Teleni appointed to Important International Fruits Meet and Secures Agricultural Training Assistance to Fiji
27th July 2012: Ambassador Teleni was appointed a Vice Chair of the 5th General Assembly (GA) of the InternationalTropical Fruits Network (TFNet)1 in Guangzhou, China, a day after the 5th International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits and in the ensuing discussions was able to secure agricultural training assistance to Fiji.
The General Assembly was officiated by the Honorable Long Xi from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing while Dr Yi Ganjun, as the representative of the host country, was appointed as Chairperson of the GA. The Vice Chairpersons of the Assembly were Malaysian representative HE Dato’ Mohd Hashim Abdullah and Fiji’s Ambassador to China, HE Ambassador Esala Teleni. Fiji is a Country member of TFNet amongst 11 other countries with 15 Associate members and 119 Ordinary members. Ministry of Primary Industries Director of Research in Koronivia, Mrs.Miliakere Nawaikula, also attended the meeting from Fiji.
Key objectives of the Forum include:
a) as a repository and exchange of information, expertise and technologies on tropical fruit;
b) to promote, coordinate and support research and development as well as transferof technology;
c) to facilitate the expansion of international trade of tropical fruits;
d) to enhance human resource development;
e) to organize generic market promotion and strengthen consumer knowledge on the nutritional value of tropical fruits; and
f) to promote technical and economic exchanges in the tropical fruit sector.
At the conclusion of the Forum, Dr Yi Ganjun, President of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS) expressed his deep interest in establishing cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Fiji in areas of research, exchanges and studies opportunities on tropical fruits. He further informed that GAAS is willing to provide Cooperative Research Exchange Scholarships for Post-graduate students from Fiji who wish to pursue further studies and researches on the field of tropical agriculture.
The offer has been formally communicated to the Ministry of Agriculture in Suva for their necessary action.
(Photo caption: Participants of the TFNet General Assembly with AMB Teleni (3rd from left front row))
1International TFNet was established under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2000, as an autonomous and self-financing inter-governmental and inter-institutional global network. Its mission is to promote sustainable development of the tropical fruit industry globally in relation to production, processing, marketing, consumption and international trade.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji