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EDITORIAL: PM Bainimarama Walking The Talk In Japan And Thailand

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama refuses to rest on his laurels. Despite the advances in boosting Fiji’s international profile over the last eight years, more work is being done. Mindful of
27 May 2015 09:03
EDITORIAL: PM Bainimarama Walking The Talk In Japan And Thailand
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (left) with Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha in Bangkok Photo: Jyoti Pratibha

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama refuses to rest on his laurels. Despite the advances in boosting Fiji’s international profile over the last eight years, more work is being done.

Mindful of this, Mr Bainimarama’s trips to Japan and Thailand have involved extensive discussions on boosting trade and social times with these two great nations.

Meeting the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe he raised bilateral issues that included market access for Fijian products, joint promotions for business or investments supporting Japanese small to medium enterprises in Fiji and reciprocal visa exemption arrangements.

Other bilateral issues discussed with Japanese government officials included parliamentary exchange and support, possible investment in the public utilities sector in Fiji and natural disaster resilience support. Mr Bainimarama also highlighted the fact that the Fijian Government was keen to see the start of the Nadi River Realignment Project.

Now on his first day of visit to Thailand he had a full day meeting with his Thai counterpart, General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha.

The two leaders discussed a range of issues, including trade, military cooperation and other aspects of the relationship.

Fiji is seeking greater access to the Thai market for its products and is also encouraging foreign direct investment by Thai businesses.

Mr Bainimarama has also invited Thailand to open a diplomatic mission in Suva and to have a high-level presence at the forthcoming Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Summit in Nadi in September.

Fiji and Thailand have a lot in common, especially their tourism and agriculture sectors.

As Fiji’s first Prime Minister to make an official visit to Thailand, he wanted to take our relationship to another level.

We must commend the Prime Minister for what he has achieved in this overseas visit.

Surely, Fiji first is his priority.

He has invited Japanese Prime Minister Abe to visit Fiji and to witness the nation’s progress.

In Thailand, he will be attending the 71st United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Accompanying the Prime Minister are the Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and the National Disaster Management Office, Inia Seruiratu, and the Minister of Fisheries and Forest, Osea Naiqamu.

Both ministers will also be holding talks with their Thai counterparts and inspecting agricultural and fisheries projects.

We must congratulate our Prime Minister for his diligence in promoting Fiji in Asia and creating important opportunities for all Fijians. He certainly walks the talk.

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