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Fijian and Chinese representatives in Nawailevu next week

By Losalini Rasoqosoqo SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Nov. 2, 2011) – Fiji’s first bauxite mine is expected to be in operation soon.

Mining by Aurum Exploration Fiji Limited will begin next Tuesday at Nawailevu, Bua, soon after the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, commissioned its opening.

The Prime Minister’s Office yesterday confirmed Commodore Bainimarama would be at Nawailevu to commission the opening of the mine.

Speaking from Nawailevu yesterday, Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, Filimoni Kau said an eight member delegation from the company's parent body from China would attend the opening.

"This eight-member delegation will be accompanied by Fiji’s Ambassador in China, Commodore Esala Teleni," Kau said. "The vice-governor of Shandong, Zhou Qi, will also be part of the delegation from China."

The delegation arrives next Monday. Mining will start after the opening. Kau said the first shipment of bauxite to China would be early next year. The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Zhou Qi will also be at the opening.


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