Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
21st June 2011, Tokyo, Japan: The President of the Republic of Fiji HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau's visit to the Fiji Mission in Tokyo today Tuesday 21st June, 2011 was a historic occasion. The visit is the first from a Fiji Head of State to the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji in Tokyo, Japan in 34 years. The Embassy has in the past received Prime Ministers and other dignitaries from Fiji. The Embassy also notes that the President has visited Japan and the Embassy on various occasions in recent years but in other capacities.
A brief on major areas of activities undertaken at the Embassy was provided by Ambassador HE Mr Isikeli Mataitoga and the various strategies now adopted by the Embassy that is primarily aligned to the Fiji Government Roadmap and Strategic Framework for Change. Major areas of activities covered by the Embassy include (i) Promotion of Diplomatic relations bilaterally and through multilateral agencies; (ii) Trade and Investment promotion; (iii) Promotion of people-to-people contact and exchanges; (iv) Accessing development assistance; & (v) Tourism promotion. The brief from the Ambassador also reflected the increased engagement with countries of accreditation with an emphasis on trade and economic cooperation. Fiji is currently working on the designs of a draft MOU on trade and economic cooperation with Japan that was greed to at the bilateral meeting between Fiji's Minister for Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in October 2010. A similar MOU will be pursued with our counterparts at MOFAT Seoul.
The President also visited St Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo to view and hold discussions with medical officials responsible for the HIV/AIDS department of the hospital particularly on how the AIDS issue is managed at the hospital and in Japan as a whole. Exchanges with senior officials at this Tokyo hospital heard of meaningful practices adopted by Japan in the distribution of treatment to infected victims. The President noted that the advance distribution of therapy and treatment in Japan has contributed enormously to Japan's ability to effectively monitor and control the HIV/AIDS situation in Japan. Fiji has recently adopted policies and legislations that will ensure a shift away from a punitive approach to an emphasis on human rights aspects for HIV/AIDS victims noting that several victims are innocent in the sense that they contracted the virus through birth.
The President and Delegation was later hosted to lunch at the Fiji House by the Embassy and was also accorded traditional ceremonies of welcome.
The President is accompanied by his Official Secretary Mr Joeli Rokovada and security personnel.
(Photo caption: President with Ambassador Mr Mataitga and Fiji Embassy Tokyo Staff)
(Photo caption: President visits St Luke's International Hospital Tokyo)
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