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Fiji’s Bid For Top Role Talked About

Fiji’s bid for the Presidency of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly was discussed between the newly-appointed non-resident Canadian High Commissioner to Fiji – Mario Bot and
23 Apr 2016 14:48
Fiji’s Bid For Top  Role Talked About
Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola with the new non-resident Canadian High Commissioner to Fiji – H.E. Mario Bot..

Fiji’s bid for the Presidency of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly was discussed between the newly-appointed non-resident Canadian High Commissioner to Fiji – Mario Bot and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

This happened when Mr Bot paid a courtesy call on Ratu Inoke yesterday.

They also discussed issues of international concerns.

Mr Bot expressed his condolences and sympathies for the loss of lives during the recent Tropical Cyclone Winston.

On Monday, he will tour parts of Viti Levu to witness first-hand the extent of damage that Tropical Cyclone Winston caused.

He told Ratu Inoke that the Canadian government had assisted with relief efforts via the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund and the Red Cross.

Mr Bot  also assured Ratu Inoke that fundraising initiatives were ongoing in Canada with the large Fijian diaspora there.

Ratu Inoke updated Mr Bot on Cyclone Winston relief efforts and expressed thanks to Fiji’s development partners for their enormous efforts in assisting Fiji.

He also recommended if the Canadian Government would look favourably on the ‘Adopt a School Programme’ that was recently launched by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Responding to this, Mr Bot said the new Canadian government was looking very seriously at climate change and he would be working on getting allocated funding into the region to assist with adaption efforts.

Mr Bot also hoped to strengthen trade and capacity building initiatives with Fiji.   Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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