CHINESE PREMIER TO ARRIVE IN FIJI THIS WEEK

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 2) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is expected in Fiji on April 4 for a two-day visit and will attend the first China-Pacific Island Countries Economic Development and Corporation Forum to be held in Nadi.

Fiji Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Kaliopate Tavola said Wen was expected to formalise bilateral deals with Fiji before the opening of the forum on April 5.

"Fiji will benefit in terms of trade and investments," said Tavola. "The Memorandums of Understanding to be signed with the premier includes transportation, loans from the EXIM Bank in China for the establishment of e-government here, hydro electricity for Somosomo, technical assistance to Fiji - to name a few."

The forum on April 5 and 6 was proposed by China because it is looking at the best way to assist development in the region.

Priority sectors that have been identified include agriculture, fisheries, transport, economic development and investment.

Fiji has already begun trade with China and is looking at identifying niche markets for its products.

The China trip also includes visits to Australia, New Zealand and Cambodia.

Among Wen's entourage are Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, State Development and Reform Commission minister Ma Kai, Commerce Minister Bo Xilai and Vice-Foreign Minister Wu Dawei.

Tavola said the Chinese premier's visit here is seen as a great honour to Fiji.

April 3, 2006

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