Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
9th February, 2012: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation will next week (15-17 February) host in Suva a conference under the theme, “Strategic Engagement for a Peaceful and Prosperous Fiji”,for Fijian Heads of Missions. At the conference, Fiji’s ambassadors and consuls general serving throughout the world will discuss broad diplomatic and strategic issues.
The Heads of Mission Conference is a consultative forum which brings together Fiji’s Representatives abroad to discuss issues of common concern and seek guidance from the Leadership on new policy initiatives, major government programmes and any recent developments in the country. The conference will provide an opportunity for the government to give directions to the envoys on major foreign policy objectives.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, “This is the second time a conference for all of Fiji’s Heads of Missions has been held. The idea is to facilitate direct dialogue with the country’s leaders, mutual updates on major diplomatic issues, and a discussion of action plans to deal with the challenges awaiting Fiji in the international arena in the coming year.”
The Meeting will be opened by Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama. The Heads of Mission will also meet with President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
Fiji has diplomatic Missions in 14 countries namely Australia, Brazil, China, EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, United Kingdom, the Pacific and the UN.
Various high level sessions during the conference will cover inter-alia Governments Roadmap, Challenges and Opportunities in the International Environment, Resourcing the Diplomatic Agenda, and other areas.
A new feature of this year’s conference will be the interactive sessions with some special topical themes. This will enable the Heads of Missions to provide the Fijian Government with their own experiences gained during the last one year of implementing foreign policy in different countries and regions.
“Every day, heads of mission have to manage the interface between our objectives and the objectives of other states in what is today a very competitive and complex web of diplomatic relationships. This interaction between the Government of Fiji and its envoys will help to ensure that the latter are well equipped to shoulder the complex responsibilities that are required to be fulfilled in a rapidly changing global environment. The 2012 Conference will therefore enable our Envoys to consult with key stakeholders in the country with a view to developing a coordinated approach to enhance the promotion of Fiji’s interests abroad,” explained Ratu Inoke.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji