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Guangdong Looking Forward To Boosted Air Services To Fiji Region

China’s properous Guangdong Province is looking forward to an improved air services to the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) including Fiji. During a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee of Guangdong
26 Oct 2018 11:40
Guangdong Looking Forward To Boosted Air Services To Fiji Region

China’s properous Guangdong Province is looking forward to an improved air services to the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) including Fiji.

During a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Committee of Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress, 38 participants of 2018 programme for Young Leaders from Pacific Island Countries were told that they (Guangdong Province) faced air transportation challenges.

Foreign Affairs Committee People’s Congress of Guangdong director General Yuanlin Li told the participants from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Cook and Niue gathered at Guangdong Provincial People’s House in China on Wednesday  that some discussion had been held before about this.

“I have been to Fiji five times and to get there is through a direct flight from Hong Kong but if we have to fly to other PICs it is more challenging,” Mr Li said.

“In 2015, I had been to Micronesia and that time we had to transit to United States first, so a lot of timing and processes are involved.

“We believe that if we improve air transportation it will be really helpful for tourism and trade.”

He said every year China has more than three million out bound visitors including one million from Guangdong Province.

“Few years ago we negotiated with the Fijian Government on whether we could start direct flight from Guangdong to Fiji as most visitors were from here,” he said.

“At that time we wanted to work with China Southern Airline by taking contracted planes.

“I believe it will be helpful if we have direct flights to Fiji and other PICs and in this way many tourists will be happy to travel,” he said.

“Most of the Chinese that settled in PICs are from Guangdong as we have the longest coastline and Hong Kong Airport is just two hours bus ride and close to 10 to 11 hours to Fiji.

“The partnership with PICs remains our top priority,” he said.

“Guangdong Province in China is the forerunner when it comes to partnership with PICs.

“We have long time friendship based on mutual understanding over a decade.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guangdong Provincial Government has more programmes coming up for PICs.

“I have confidence to work with them and attend to the key areas of needs that will bring benefit to the people.

“For instance the Government of Fiji reported their need to build a memorial mall then Guangdong Provincial Government helped them and this will be completed at the end of this year,” he added.

“We even have done renovation and refurbishment of Suva Civic Auditorium, upgrading of Marist Brothers High School grounds, Valelevu Sports Complex to name a few.

“Since 2007 we have been having frequent people to people exchange, we have had people at different level of delegates visiting PICs.

“Also we had medical team dispatched to the islands and sent Chinese group performers for special events.

“Through all these efforts we had strengthened ties with Guangdong and PICs and I believe your presence for this three weeks training programme is part of this effort also.”

There are eight Fijians who are part of this programme and they will return to Fiji on November 4.

Feedback:  shratika.naidu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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