Fiji – Russia Bilateral Senior Officials Consultation

The first ever Senior Officials Meeting [SOM] at the level of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs [Permananet Secretary] took place in Suva, Fiji from 4-5 February 2015. The holding of this meeting came following the approval given during the meeting between Rear Admiral [Rtd] Josaia V. BAINIMARAMA, Prime Minister of Fiji and HE Mr. Sergey LAVROV, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in New York, USA on 27 September 2014.

The Fijian delegation was led by Mr Esala Nayasi, Acting Permannet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and assisted by HE Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga, Fiji’s Non-resident Ambassador to the Russian Federation based in Tokyo, Japan and two support staff in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Apolosi Lewaqai Acting Director, Oceania, Asia and Russia Bureau and Ms Vakaoca Kedrayate, Assistant Secretary.

The issues discussed between the parties covered three aspects of bilateral relations between Fiji and the Russian Federation. The first part was a review of projects undertaken by both countries since the historic meeting of PM Bainimarama with PM Medvedev in Moscow, Russian from 28 -30 June 2013. The second part covered areas for new cooperation and the third part focused on Fiji-Russia cooperation in the multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and related agencies.

In addition to the senior officials meetings, HE Mr Igor Morgulov also made calls on Hon Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Hon Mr Timoci Natuva MP, Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence.

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HE Mr Igor Morgulov, Deputy Minister fo Foreign Affairs of Russia being greeted by Mr Esala Nayasi

HE Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga meets with Hon. Shinako TSUCHIYA, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Japan

On Tuesday 17 February 2015, HE Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga paid a courtesy call on Hon. Shinako TSUCHIYA, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives at the Member of the House of Representatives Building in Nagata-cho, Tokyo.

The Ambassador thanked Hon. Tsuchiya for the opportunity to discuss bilateral matters that would enhance and deepen Fiji – Japan relation. The meeting agenda underscored high level exchanges for political leaders; Parliamentary Study Visits to Japan for the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament; rebuilding of the Japan-Fiji Friendship Parliamentary League (JFFPL) and the new ODA– Development Cooperation Charter issued early this month.

The Ambassador and Hon. Tsuchiya had a fruitful discussion on various issues of mutual interest.

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HE Mr Isikeli Mataitoga and Hon. Shinako Tsuchiya

 

Fiji Embassy Tokyo (FET) – Navuso Agricultural and Vocational Training Institute (NAVTI) “Twin Cab” Project Appeal Fund

The Fiji Embassy in Tokyo has today launched its FET-NAVTI “Twin Cab” Project Appeal to raise funds for the Navuso Agricultural and Vocational Training Institute (NAVTI), which desperately need a twin cab for academic purposes.

Located in Navuso, Naitasiri, Fiji, NAVTI provides training to about 80 less advantaged youths. Its aim is to empower youths by providing them with agricultural vocational training so that they can earn their livelihood independently. It trains them to be replacement farmers, to treat farming as a business and to provide food security for the people of Fiji. This institute is widely recognized throughout Fiji.

The timeline of accomplishing this project is four months from now, in which the Embassy plans to purchase a twin cab for the purpose mentioned above. NAVTI also need Staff Empowerment with the latest agricultural techniques in order to boost production and maintain sustainability.

The Fiji Embassy in Tokyo is therefore appealing to Business communities, Donor agencies, Friends of Fiji and the Fiji community in Japan for financial help to assist our youths in NAVTI. We would be grateful to receive your contribution to fully or partially meet our estimated budget of JPY 3,000,000.

All contributions are kindly being requested to be deposited to:

          Name of Bank: Mizuho Bank

          Name of Branch: Kamiyacho Branch

          Account No.: 1352312  (Ordinary Account: Futsu Koza)

          Account Name: FET NAVTI Project

The Account will be closed on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

LET US ASSIST NAVUSO AGRICULTURAL & VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE (NAVTI) IN FIJI WHICH BADLY NEEDS OUR SUPPORT.

Vinaka Vakalevu. Doumo Arigato Gozaimasu.

 

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Toward the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai

On 10th February 2015, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and HE Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador in Charge of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, conducted a presentation on the logistic arrangement and the collaborated services and efforts provided by the host country, Japan and the United Nations in reference to the upcoming 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction which will be held in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture from 14th – 18th March 2015.

This briefing also provided an opportunity to hear the views of UN and the host Government on what was necessary for this logistic preparatory including Venue and Accommodation, Public Forum, Study Tour, and others which was followed by a lively Q&A session. Ambassador in Charge of the WCDRR, Mr Kenichi Suganuma also conducted a presentation on Japan`s Effort – Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction. The briefing was attended by journalists from Germany, France, Hong Kong, Philippine, Singapore and the United States and 36 Diplomatic Mission representatives in Tokyo. Counsellor Julia Korovou and Second Secretary Ms. Kelera Savu attended on behalf of the Embassy.

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Expanding Fiji’s Footprints in the Philippine

As the designated diplomat for the Fiji-Philippines relations at the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo, Counsellor Julia Korovou visited the Philippines from 20th to 24th October 2014 to undertake a series of meetings and interactions with government stakeholders and business community with the view to establish contacts and to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations, consistent with the Government’s Look North Policy and its Foreign Policy objectives.

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HC Pineda Jr., Counsellor Korovou, Mr. Juan Pineda.


The programme commenced with an audience with Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Philippines, Mr. Jesus M. Pineda and his Executive Vice President, Mr. Juan Carlos Pineda, on Tuesday 21st October. At the outset Counsellor Korovou expressed her gratitude for the generous assistance and cooperation rendered by the Honorary Consul in organising the requested meetings and for the logistic arrangements, followed by an update on Fiji’s successful general election. The meeting deliberated on the cooperation prospects between the two countries and bilateral issues currently in progress which require due follow-ups and follow-through. Such are the Fiji/Philippines Bilateral Development Cooperation Agreement, the ratification of the three (3) MOUs between Fiji and the Philippines Coconut Authority, Fiji and IRRI, Fiji and the University of Philippines Las Banos. Also discussed were means in which FET could expand Fiji’s diplomacy and profile in Philippines by way of courtesy visits and calls on Provincial Governors and City Mayors including business community and civil society.

 Conversation on the economic front encompassed the distribution of Fiji’s tax breaks and tourism information, the proposed Fiji Business and Tourism Seminar tentatively scheduled for January 2015, and the business opportunities that prevail in Fiji as well as in the Philippines. As such business interests in the fields of appliances, food manufacture and power in Fiji were expressed by Mr. Juan Pineda. HC Pineda thus advised that he and his family would visit Fiji in March 2015 to explore business prospects and for vacation, and also take with him few business affiliates who would wish to invest in Fiji.