BAINIMARAMA ATTENDS TOURISM SUMMIT IN DUBAI

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Calls trip "productive"

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 24, 2008) - Fiji’s Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has described his attendance at the Global Travel and Tourism Summit as very productive.

He made the comment following his participation at the Summit on the invitation of His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rasheed Al Maktoum, the Vice President and the Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai.

According to a Government statement, the Global Summit was held at the Madinet Jumeirah hotel in Dubai and was attended by more than 1,000 delegates including 43 interim Government ministers.

"I met a number of globally prominent tourism industry personalities at the Summit including wealthy and influential people from United Arab Emirates," Bainimarama said. "We talked about several important issues relating to the business of our travel here to Dubai, in terms of tourism and the possibility of exploring and further developing investment, trade and economic relationship with the United Arab Emirates."

During the next few days, Commodore Bainimarama will be meeting a number of dignitaries and key people in Dubai to explore the possibility of developing trade, investment and economic relationships with United Arab Emirates.

He also met several investors in Seoul, Korea that are eyeing Fiji as an investment destination, in particular to set up branch operations in sectors ranging from manufacturing to financial services.

Commodore Bainimarama will be joined by the Public Service Commission chairman Rishi Ram in Singapore next week.

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