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Outgoing EU Ambassador Jacobs Confirms Successor

Outgoing EU Ambassador Jacobs Confirms Successor
USP Vice Chancellor and President Rajesh Chandra presenting a token of appreciation to European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs during the farewell cocktail for EU Ambassador to Fiji at Oceania Centre for Arts and Pacific Studies, USP Laucala Campus, Suva on August 30, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
September 01
11:00 2017


Julian Wilson has been named the incoming Head of the European Union Delegation to the Pacific Region.

He is currently serving as the head of division for Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific within the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The outgoing EU Ambassador to Fiji, Andrew Jacobs confirmed Mr Wilson will arrive in Fiji next week. Mr Jacobs will fill the role until September 15.

During a farewell cocktail held at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific, in Suva, Mr Jacobs said he will carry Fiji at heart.

He was accompanied by his wife, Hilary.

Mr Jacobs said it had been a fascinating and exciting experience whilst in Fiji for the last four-and-half years.

He arrived in February, 2013 and said he had since seen many developments in Fiji.

“I have witnessed the return to Parliamentary democracy, the 2014 General Elections in September 2014,” he said.

“I was also here during the horrifying Tropical Cyclone Winston and the devastation it brought to Fiji. I have witnessed the great 7s win at the Rio Olympics and its celebration.

“The relations between Fiji and the European Union has been very special and grows stronger and the more comprehensive development corporation programmes.

“I also joined the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama in Brussels in Belgium when Mr Bainimarama met the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

“I am going back to the EU headquarters in Brussels working with the Pacific.

“I will leave my youngest son back who is currently in Savusavu learning to be a dive master.

“He would like to stay back in Fiji.

“My wife and I will take a big piece of Fiji in our hearts with us.

“One of things I loved about Fiji was its people.

“The Fijians here are so wonderful and I have had such a positive experience with everyone.

“The culture and hospitality of Fijians makes Fiji a very interesting and welcoming place,” Mr Jacobs said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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