Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
29th December, 2011, Singapore: On Thursday 29 December HE Mr Seremaia Cavuilati, Fiji’s Representative to Indonesia presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore at Istana, Singapore’s Government House.
HE Cavuilati also presented, as is customary, the Letter of Recall of his predecessor, HE MrJioji Konrote who was the last High Commissioner of Fiji to Singapore based in Canberra. HE Cavuilati also inspected a Guard of Honor prior to his presentation to President Tan.
In their brief conversation over a cup of tea, President Tan expressed his gratitude over the fact that the Fiji-Singapore relation has been strong and cordial so far. He specifically was happy that Fiji has been able to utilize and benefit from his Government’s Cooperation programs over the years. He also expressed the hope that High Commissioner Cavuilati will work closely with the officials of Government and the private sector of Singapore to further build on the goodwill that Singapore has to aiding Fiji’s growth and development.
High Commissioner Cavuilati utilized the opportunity to convey His Excellency President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau’s well wishes for President Tan’s continued good health and the prosperity of the people of Singapore. The High Commissioner added that there could not be a better country for Fiji to learn and draw lessons from in her quest for modernization and in building a better Fiji than Singapore. He undertook to continue to encourage the utilization of the Cooperation Programs that Singapore has in place for developing states and to delve more into the investment and business realms given Singapore’s developed status and wealth.
Both President Tan and High Commissioner Cavuilati agreed that direct air links between Singapore and Fiji, if possible in the near future, would no doubt boost the countries economic ties and most of all the people-to-people engagement so essential to enrich the already cordial relations that exist at the Government-to-Government level. President Tan was also pleased to learn of the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Singapore Health Services Pte. Ltd and the Ministry of Health of Fiji that facilitates, among others, training and attachments of Fiji’s Doctors and Nurses in Singapore Hospitals and medical institutions.
High Commissioner Cavuilati will now function as High Commissioner to Singapore from Jakarta concurrent to his responsibilities for Indonesia.He was accompanied by Mrs Josivini Cavuilati for the presentation.
(Photo caption:His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore greets H.E. Cavuilati)
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