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Fiji Part Of The Belt And Road Forum This Week

BRF will pro­vide more opportunities for international econom­ic cooperation, and con­tribute more to the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind and a new type of interna­tional relations.
25 Apr 2019 14:09
Fiji Part Of The Belt And Road Forum This Week
The Belt and Road News Network was launched by People’s Daily in Beijing on Tuesday followed by its first council meeting comprising media leaders from 40 media companies in belt and road countries.. Photo: Fonua Talei

Three Government Ministers will attend China’s second Belt and Road Forum in Bei­jing this week.

They are Minister for Tourism and Trade Premila Kumar, Min­ister for Infrastructure Jone Usa­mate, and Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau.

They will be part of the 5,000 par­ticipants from over 150 countries and 90 international organisations attending the Forum.

First Belt and Forum

The first BRF was at­tended by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama two years ago.

He was the only leader from the Pacific Island Countries who attended this forum.

Chinese Ambassador

Chinese Ambassador Qian Bo said he was happy for the commitment of these Ministers to attend the second BRF.

He said: “BRF will pro­vide more opportunities for international econom­ic cooperation, and con­tribute more to the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind and a new type of interna­tional relations.”

This second BRF he said would deliver fruitful out­comes, create more driv­ing forces for the economic growth of both participat­ing countries and other countries concerned.

“We hope the Forum will send a positive message of strengthening inter­national economic coop­eration, promoting global growth, and building an open global economy.”

Ministers’ arrival

Fiji Sun Business has been told that Mr Koroil­avesau would arrive in Beijing this evening, while the two other Ministers will leave for Beijing on Wednesday.

The Ministers’ have been booked at the Great Wall Hotel in Beijing near the Fijian Embassy.

 

BRF theme

The theme of this year’s BRF is: ‘Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future’

The forum events included, a leaders’ roundtable, a high-level meeting, the­matic forums, a chief executive officers con­ference and other side events.

Fisheries Minister

Mr Koroilavesau in an interview yester­day said Fiji Fisheries would be identifying areas of interest in this forum.

These he said were areas that support fisheries development goals in developing sustainable fisheries.

“Fiji will use the op­portunity to identify scientific support that is available during the meet.

“Fiji’s fisheries in­terest will identify comparative advan­tage in areas of re­search, aquaculture and offshore fisher­ies,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

When asked on how will Fiji’s engagement in this forum boost its relationship with China?

Mr Koroilavesau said: “For Fisheries it provides a platform for Fiji to raise its pri­orities.

“These are priori­ties of sustainable development goals and what we need our development partners to take note of.”

An example he stat­ed was the fishing ef­fort levels in the high seas and the role Chi­na can play.

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