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Diplomat Salacakau Retiring

The first Fijian High Commissioner to South Africa, based in Pretoria, Ben Salacakau, is retiring at the end of his term in July. He joins three other envoys who are
25 Mar 2015 10:34
Diplomat Salacakau Retiring
Ben Salacakau

The first Fijian High Commissioner to South Africa, based in Pretoria, Ben Salacakau, is retiring at the end of his term in July.

He joins three other envoys who are retiring soon. These are

Fijian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Robin Nair, Fijian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Romanu Tikotikoca, and Fijian Ambassador to the United States in Washington Winston Thompson. Their replacements have not been appointed.

Mr Salacakau was a career school teacher before he joined the diplomatic service. He was also principal in many schools in Fiji, including seven years at Labasa College, one of the country’s top schools.

HISTORY

The setting up of the first Fijian diplomatic mission on the African continent on July 29, 2011, was significant.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said when he opened the mission that Fiji and South Africa had many similarities: their colonial experiences, South grouping, membership of the Non-Aligned Movement, challenge to remove ethnic politics and discrimination and the need to grow economies to sustain people’s livelihood. The mission symbolised a new paradigm shift in Fijian foreign policy to engage in the wider international community.

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