ROTUMA DECLARED INTERNATIONAL PORT OF ENTRY

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Designation enables export of Rotuman produce

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 9, 2008) – The main wharf in Rotuma at Oinafa has been declared an International Port of Entry by Cabinet.

Relevant ministries and departments will now undertake the necessary work to effect this declaration.

Cabinet based this decision on a submission by interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, who said the Rotuma Island Council had last year asked the interim Government to declare Oinafa a port of entry to enable the export of agricultural produce.

[PIR editor’s note: The Rotuma group of islands, a dependency of Fiji, lies 465 kilometers north of Fiji. At last count, in 1996, Rotuma had a population of 2,810, though out-migration has continued to whittle the numbers down. As Polynesians, Rotumans represent an ethnic minority in Fiji.]

A task force constituting all relevant stakeholders was set up to undertake consultations and a site visit to Rotuma to identify requirements and facilitate trade.

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