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Brussels Embassy Briefs Prime Minister

The Fijian Embassy in Belgium has used Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s presence in Europe to update him on the work carried out to enhance Fiji’s relations with the European Union
28 Nov 2015 10:23
Brussels Embassy Briefs Prime Minister
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Fijian Embassy in Belgium has used Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s presence in Europe to update him on the work carried out to enhance Fiji’s relations with the European Union and other European states.

The Brussels-based mission is one of three Fijian diplomatic missions based in Europe (with Geneva and London) that works closely with EU member States and other organisations including the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), etc.

In his presentation, Fijian Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Deo Saran, outlined the key activities being undertaken by the Mission in line with Fiji’s Foreign Policy agenda.

He underscored that one of the key new directions was to deepen Fiji’s bilateral relations with EU Member States and other countries of accreditation.

At the same time maintaining focus on multilateral relations, such as the ACP, ACP-EU, FAO and UNESCO, which remains central to the Mission.

Mr Saran stressed the ongoing role to protect Fiji’s sugar interests within the context of the implementation of the EU sugar reform.

Mr Saran informed Bainimarama that the Mission would explore opportunities for creative economy espoused by UNESCO and ACP for the benefit of Fiji.

In view of the large number of countries and institutions of accreditation, the Mission intends to appoint Honorary Counsels to assist in the strengthening of bilateral ties.

Mr Saran also emphasised the importance of raising Fiji’s visibility in Europe to attract development finance, investments, tourism, education opportunities, through UNESCO and scholarships from bilateral countries and enhancing political diplomacy.

As part of its multilateral engagements, the Mission will actively participate in the deliberations on the future ACP-EU relations in the context of the expiry of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement in 2020.

Mr Saran was supported by counsellor Nidhendra Singh and first secretary Mesake Ledua during his presentation

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