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Country seeks expanded diplomatic relations

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Nov. 30, 2010) – In Fiji, the strengthening of diplomatic relations and the promise of trade alliances is hoped with the opening of three new embassies in Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia next year.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the inclusion of the establishment of the new embassies in the 2011 National Budget was a leap in terms of expanding foreign relations in these countries.

[PIR editor’s note: Ratu Inoke Kubuabola previously served as Fiji’s High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 2000-2005 and Fiji’s Ambassador to Japan and Korea from 2006-2009.]

Government has allocated FJ$1,097,243 [US$588,000] for the establishment of an Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, FJ$793, 644 [US$425,000] for the Fiji Embassy in Brazil and the South African Embassy for FJ$772, 832 [US$414,000].

It was announced that the establishment of the embassies were in line with Government's intentions of maximizing trade and export opportunities.

"Fiji intends to maximize its trade and export opportunities through improved ties with China of course, and India, Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian and emerging economies. In this vein, the 2011 Budget has allocated funds for the opening of missions in Indonesia, Brazil and South Africa."

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said the opening of the embassies promised exciting opportunities.

The Fiji Embassy in Indonesia is expected to be opened within January to April next year.

Fiji currently has 12 diplomatic missions around the world.


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