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Media Release

PS Mara Discusses Brazillian Help to Fiji's Political Roadmap

11th May 2011, Brasilia, Brazil: Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mr Solo Mara, continued meetings in Brasilia today with Ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis, Under Secretary General (Political) and other senior members of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, who expressed great optimism on the huge potential for assistance towards the realization of the development agenda outlined in Fiji’s Roadmap to Sustainable Socio- Economic Development, particularly in the economic, agriculture and energy sectors.

The decision by Fiji to establish a Mission in Brasilia, and Brazil’s full intention to reciprocate with a Mission in Suva in the very near future, is seen as the catalyst for formalizing a deeper and mutually beneficial programme of cooperation, given our shared positions, in multilateral fora, on climate change, UN reform and peacekeeping, trade liberalization and South-South Cooperation.

 In assuring Fiji of Brazil’s full commitment towards deeper bilateral cooperation, Ambassador Reis presented draft texts for two agreements in the areas of Technical Cooperation and Visa Exemption, as well as a draft Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between the Governments of Brazil and Fiji. Mr Mara also took the opportunity to present Fiji’s proposal on a Framework Economic Cooperation Agreement. It is anticipated that these agreements will be finalized and signed at the official inauguration of the Fiji Embassy later this year.

Permanent Secretary Mara is scheduled to visit the Brazilian Agricultural research Organisation (EMBRAPA) tomorrow and continue the remainder of the week in site inspections for the Chancery and diplomatic residences.

 

PS Mara & Ambassador Maria Reis