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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Media Release

PM VISIT FISHING COMPANY BALI, INDONESIA

FRIDAY 8 APRIL, 2011: Prime Minister Bainimarama and his delegation comprising of the Chairman and CEO of the Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau, Mr Adrian Sofield and Mr Ravuni Uluilakeba respectively, visited the Head office and operation base of the Gilontas Indonesia Friday after his visit to Jarkarta for the opening of the Fiji Mission and on his way to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Gilontas Ocean is a fishing company that has been operating the past thirty-five (35) years and developed expertise in the fields of capture, processing and marketing. A  philosophy that has marked the success of Gilontas is the creation of synergies with the local authorities and communities in all aspects of its operations. It has been successful in Indonesia and is already setting up its operation in Fiji where it hopes it will also be as successful in the least. A hall mark of the Company is its respect and adherence to conservation of the stocks, the protection of the environment and the compliance to standards such as the rigorous one pertaining to the European Union

The Prime Minister and his delegation were given a briefing and a guided tour of the processing facility which was principally for exports of mainly tuna species to the United States, Japan and Europe. The Prime Minister commented after the visit that he was extremely happy and excited that Gilontas has decided to set up shop in Fiji and that he and his office will do everything possible to ensure this becomes a reality to its fullest. His emphasis on the development of the fisheries sector, which included a specific focus on the tuna industry given the various developments elsewhere in the world, and the many prospects for economic and social advancement for the rural and marine-based communities of Fiji, will be further enhanced by the setting up of Gilontas in Fiji.

The Prime Minister and his delegation were later visited at his hotel by the Governor of Bali, the Hon Mr Made Mangku Pastika.  The duo discussed a range of issues including tourism where the latter spoke of the uniqueness of Bali and Fiji in building resilient industries based on the uniqueness of their cultures and traditions which he added must be nurtured and kept at sustainable levels.

The Governor also informed the Prime Minister of the existence of a Tourism University to which interested individuals from Fiji are most welcomed to attend and at the same time be exposed to the Bali industry. The Governor believed in networking as the basis for sharing the many visitors and tourists that are in search for variety and new experiences.

The Governor also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for the lead role that Fiji played in Indonesia’s inclusion as an Official Observer at the recently concluded Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Meeting which the Prime Minister chaired.

The Prime Minister was happy that was the case given Indonesia’s strategic importance as the bridge for the MSG Group of countries and indeed the Pacific as a whole to the fast developing economies of Asia in which Indonesia herself is a leader. And on Papua where the Governor was Police Chief for a number of years, both agreed that as engagement and dialogue was essential such as was started at the margins of the MSG meeting where boarder security issues were discussed between the delegations of PNG and Indonesia.

The Prime Minister’s delegation was supported by Ambassador Cavuilati of the Fiji Mission in Jakarta and PSO Penioni Naliva of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Bainimarama and PSO Naliva left for Malaysia Friday evening where the Prime Minister was to address the Fiji students studying in various learning institutions there.