FIJI PRESENTS ON 2050 STRATEGY AT THE PALM 9 SENIOR OFFICIALS MEETING – (12-05-2021)

http://www.pmoffice.gov.fj/fiji-presents-on-2050-strategy-at-the-palm-9-senior-officials-meeting-12-05-2021/

Update on FET Consular Services and Other FET Related Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the third state of emergency declared in Tokyo and three other urban prefectures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Fiji Embassy Tokyo has commenced limited appointments for passport, visa, and some other consular issues as well as for other FET related services.

For Consular Services – Appointments are scheduled, and Applicants should contact Second Secretary Mr. Ashneel Shankar on Ashneel.Shankar@fijiembassy.jp  to schedule any of the consular appointments, from 11.00am – 1.00pmMonday to Wednesday only. 

For Other FET Related Services – Appointments are scheduled, and Visitors should contact First Secretary Ms. Kelera Savu on Kelera.Savu@fijiembassy.jp to schedule any of the Other FET Related Services appointments, from 11.00am – 1.00pm, Wednesday to Friday only. 

Due to COVID-19, consular services applicants will experience delays in appointment availability. If applicants have an urgent reason to apply for any consular services, they may request an urgent appointment with SS Shankar. 

The Fiji Embassy Tokyo follows strict practices on wear masks, hand-sanitizer, and social distancing to help protect the health and safety of our staff and the public. Any applicant or visitor with COVID-19 symptoms should reschedule their appointment by contacting the relevant officers directly.

Vinaka vakalevu, Arigato gozaimasu.

Statement from the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr. James Fong, Wednesday, 21 April 2021

https://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Centre/Speeches/STATEMENT-PS-FOR-HEALTH-DR-JAMES-FONG-210421

Statement from the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr. James Fong, Tuesday, 20 April 2021

https://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Centre/Speeches/STATEMENT-FROM-PS-FOR-HEALTH-DR-JAMES-FONG-200421

Hon. PM Bainimarama’s Statement on COVID-19, Monday, 19 April 2021

https://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Centre/Speeches/PM-BAINIMARAMA-S-STATEMENT-ON-COVID-19

Fiji Football Association (FFA) Ready to Work with Japan Football Association (JFA)

Fiji Football Association has welcomed the decision of the Japan Football Association (JFA) to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and work along for progress in football.
President Rajesh Patel thanked the Ambassador of Fiji to Japan, His Excellency, Mr. Isikeli Mataitoga for a successful meeting with the JFA President Kohzo Tashima in Japan last week.
Patel and Tashima share a close relationship as they both are FIFA Council Members.
“Fiji FA is ready to work closely with the Japan Football Association in various ways such as sports exchange programs and I would like to thank our Fijian Ambassador to Japan for a successful meeting to create this partnership,” Patel said.
“I already had discussions with JFA President and after a successful meeting between JFA President and the Fijian Ambassador, now we need to work on drafting an MOU between JFA and FFA to set out clearly the areas of cooperation which would include sports team exchange, official’s development programs, Coaching Clinic, etc.
“We are ready to work hand in hand for the benefit of developing and progressing in football.”

Fiji and JICA Reaffirm Commitment To Building Back Better

Strengthened partnership between Fiji and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will enhance opportunities focused on progressive rebuilding and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and climate induced challenges.

This commitment was articulated today at a courtesy call received by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Immigration and Sugar Industry and Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yogesh Karan from the new Resident Representative of JICA Fiji Office, Ms. Mayumi Amaike.

At an introductory meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister, PS Karan congratulated Ms. Amaike and wished her well in her new role at the JICA Office in Fiji.

This coincided with a farewell courtesy call from the outgoing Resident Representative of JICA Fiji Office, Ms. Yukari Ono. PS Karan acknowledged Ms. Ono’s leadership during her tenure in Fiji and also conveyed the Fijian Government’s best wishes to Ms. Ono in her future endeavors.

PS Karan thanked JICA for its ongoing assistance to Fiji through infrastructure projects, funding for Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation, technical assistance in Disaster Risk Reduction and programs contributing to Fiji’s socioeconomic development.

Recognising JICA’s Volunteer programme, PS Karan commended the work of JICA volunteers in their efforts to reach communities in Fiji.

In terms of the cooperation for COVID-19 response, PS Karan said Fiji is currently working with its international development partners in the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine, whilst focusing on strategies for economic recovery and building back better.

In response, Ms. Amaike said, “While the three priority areas of “Strengthening the Basics for Economic Growth” (especially Infrastructure and Fishery), “Climate Change and Environment”, “Provision of Quality Social Service” (Health and Education) remain important, we will also work with our partners in Fiji in the COVID-19 pandemic fight.

“There are about 2,400 ex-participants of our programs in Japan. Since I have been in charge of training programs in Japan for the past several years, I would like to seek opportunities to collaborate with them in our programs.

“This is the 37th year of JICAs bilateral cooperation with Fiji, in terms of economic and social development. We are proud of our achievements through our cooperation – for instance construction of critical infrastructure (Water Treatment Plant, Fishery Port, USP, CWM Paediatric hospital, Fiji School of Nursing, Fiji Meteorological Service) as well as countless capacity development through trainings and technical cooperation projects.

“We are grateful for the trust developed overtime with the Fijian Government and its people. Although we are in a difficult time with the pandemic, JICA looks forward to continuing working closely together with the Fijian People,” Ms. Amaike said.

Ms. Ono shared the same sentiments and said that it has been a great honour for her to serve as a first female resident representative of JICA Fiji office, in its 37 years operation. She said during her tenure in Fiji from December 2017 to January 2021, the Japanese Government and JICA’s attention to Fiji and Pacific Region have increased with several new cooperation.

“I’d like to express my hearty appreciation to the Fijian Government and people of Fiji for the kindness rendered to me and all the JICA related personnel. I hope that this cordial relationship will be strengthened and continue into the future.”

(Source: The Fijian Government, 26 February 2021)

https://www.fiji.gov.fj/Media-Centre/News/FIJI-AND-JICA-REAFFIRM-COMMITMENT-TO-BUILDING-BACK