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BULA, Namaste and Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Fiji.


The Ministry is responsible for maintaining and promoting diplomatic relations, international cooperation and external trade with foreign nations through its headquarters in Suva and its Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates throughout the world.

The Ministry is also committed to developing and maintaining amicable relations between Fiji and the international community in order to secure the maximum political, social, economic and cultural benefits for the people of Fiji.

 


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Hon. J.V Bainimarama

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs
  

 

 

Ioane Naivalurua

 

Ambassador Major General (Ret'd) Ioane Naivalurua

Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs

 


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History

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

History1At independence on 10th October 1970, the responsibility for Fiji’s foreign policies passed to the Foreign Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s office. The Prime Minister, Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, served concurrently as Minister for Foreign Affairs until 21 July 1982.

On 22 July 1982 a separate Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established with Mr. Mosese Qionibaravi as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism and Mr. Satya N Nandan as Permanent Secretary.

Leadership of the Ministry over the years are as follows:

MINISTERS FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

•    1970 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1982 – Hon. Mosese Qionibaravi
•    1984 – Hon. Jonati Mavoa
•    1985 – Hon Semesa Sikivou
•    1986 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1987 – Hon. Krishna Dutt
•    1987 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
•    1992 – Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara [Advisor of Foreign Affairs]
•    1992 – Hon. Filipe Bole
•    1994 – Hon. Filipe Bole
•    1994 – Hon. Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka
•    1999 – Hon. Dr Tupeni Baba
•    2000 – Hon. Kaliopate Tavola [Interim Civilian Government]
•    2001 – Hon. Kaliopate Tavola [Caretaker Government]
•    2006 – Hon. Senator Kaliopate Tavola
•    2007 – Hon. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
•    2009 – Hon. Ratu Inoke Kubuabola

PERMANENT SECRETARIES FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

•    1970   - Mr. RT. Sanders
•    1974   - Mr. Joji  Kotobalavu
•    1982   - Mr. Satya N Nandan
•    1985   - Dr. Jona Senilagakali
•    1989   - Ratu Isoa Gavidi
•    1989   - Ms. Taufa Vakatale
•    1992   - Mr. Robbin H Yarrow
•    1993   - Ratu Tui Cavuilati
•    1997   - Dr. Ahmed Ali
•    1999   - Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
•    2000   - Mr. Emitai Boladuadua
•    2001   - Ratu Tui Cavuilati
•    2002   - Ratu Isoa Gavidi
•    2005   - Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga [Chief Executive officer]
•    2007   - Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga [Advisor – removal of CEO post]
•    2007   - Mr. Ross Ligairi
•    2008   - Mr. Ross Ligairi
•    2009   - Mr. Peceli Vocea
•    2009   - Mr. Solo Mara
•    2011   – Mrs Saipora Mataikabara

     2013-  Mr Amena Yauvoli

    2014- Mr Amena Yauvoli

 

 

CHANGE IN NAMES OF THE MINISTRY

Changes in name of the Ministry over the years are as follows:

•    1970   – Foreign Affairs Department
•    1982   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Tourism
•    1987   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    1987   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
•    1992   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    1994   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade
•    2000   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, External Trade & Sugar
•    2001   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade
•    2007   - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Civil Aviation
•    2011   – Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation

    2014- Ministry of Foreign Affairs

LOCATION OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY

In the early 1980’s, the Ministry was located at the 2nd floor of the New Wing of the Government Building in Suva. On November 1999, the Ministry moved from the 2nd floor New Wing of the Government Building to level 8 and 9 Suvavou House. The Ministry spent 11 years at Suvavou House before moving to its existing location now at level 1 and 2 Bose Levu Vakaturaga Complex at Nasese on February 2011.
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Top Left Clockwise: New Wing GB, Suvavou House, BLV Complex

ESTABLISHMENT OF FIJI MISSIONS ABROAD

Following independence Fiji opened three representative missions at London, UN HQ in New York and Canberra respectively, Mr. J. R. Rabukawaqa was appointed as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. S. K. Sikivou, as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations and Mr. R. N. Nair as High Commissioner to Australia.

This was followed later by the establishment of missions in Brussels, Wellington, Tokyo, India, Washington, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Papua New Guinea, Jakarta, Pretoria and Brasilia as follows:

MISSION/EMBASSY    DATE

•    UN                              New York        1970
•    London                       UK                   1970
•    Canberra                    Australia          1971
•    Brussels                     EEC                  1973
•    Wellington                   NZ                    1978
•    Tokyo                          Japan               1981
•    Washington                USA                  1985
•    Kuala Lumpur             Malaysia           1988
•    Port Moresby              PNG                  1992
•    Beijing                         China                2001
•    Consulate General      Sydney            2003
•    New Delhi                   India                 2004
•    Jakarta                        Indonesia         2011
•    Pretoria                       South Africa    2011
•    Brasilia                        Brazil               2011

 

    Seoul                           South Korea   2012

    Abhu Dhabi                 UAE                2012

    Geneva                      Switzerland     2014

    Shanghai                    China              2014

 

 

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Minister's Bio-data

 

VOREQE BAINIMARAMA was born in Suva on 27 April, 1954 and was educated at Marist Brothers High School. He enlisted into the Royal Fiji Military Forces Naval Division as an Ordinary Seaman on 26 July 1975, and was commissioned from the ranks as an Ensign on 01 November 1977.

He attained Second Mate Qualification for the Pacific Island from the Fiji Institute of Technology in 1980, and qualified from the Junior Command and Staff College with the RNZAF in March of 1981. He was promoted Lieutenant in August 1981 before returning to New Zealand to attend the NBCD Course in October the same year. He qualified in the International Relation Examination in 1981.

In April 1988 he was appointed Commanding Officer Fiji Navy and was later promoted Commander on 4 October 1988. In 1991 Mr. Bainimarama attended the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College in Kuala Lumpur and returned to resume command of the Fiji Naval Division in January 1992. At the end of 1992 he was at the Australian Warfare College at Newcastle on Maritime Surveillance Training.

He attended the Asian Institute of Technology in Disaster Management in 1993 and a year later attended Exclusive Economic Zone Management Training a the Dalhousie University in Canada. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in October 1994 before attending the Australian Joint Services Staff College [JSSC].

He assumed the appointment of Chief of Staff of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in October 1997. Mr. Bainimarama was appointed Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and promoted on 01 March 1999.

During the 2000 crisis, Mr. Bainimarama assumed Executive control of the nation and was instrumental in the restoration of law and order in the country.

Mr. Bainimarama has been honored with the Meritorious Service Decoration and the Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem for outstanding service to the military and Fiji. His additional awards include the Multinational Force and Observers Peacekeeping Medal, the General Service Medal, the Fiji Republic Medal and the Anniversary Medal.

Mr. Bainimarama is married to Maria Makitalena and they have six (6) children and fifteen (15) grandchildren. His interests include all sports, in particular rugby union and athletics, military history and current affairs.

 

 

 

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