Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
In opening the Embassy, the Prime Minister highlighted to invited dignitaries the importance of Indonesia as a strategic partner in Asia, and the expanding scope of relations between Fiji and Indonesia. Situating an Embassy of Fiji in Jakarta will provide not only a direct platform to improve and deepen these bilateral relations, said the Prime Minister, but will also allow Fiji to pursue its Look North policy through direct engagement with the ASEAN group of countries that is headquartered in Jakarta.
The Prime Minister articulated Fiji’s vision for the Embassy to be a forum for developing these bilateral and regional partnerships, with a focus on buildingtrade, investment, economic, cultural, business and tourism linkages between Fiji, Indonesia, and the wider ASEAN group.
Fiji’s former Roving Ambassador, H.E. Seremaia T. Cavuilati, will lead this work as the first resident Ambassador of Fiji to Indonesia, and it is hoped that the appointment of such a senior diplomat demonstrates Fiji’s commitment to its engagement with Indonesia.
Invited dignitaries to the opening ceremony included the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. R.M. Marty Natalegawa (pictured), the diplomatic corps, the Fiji community in Indonesia, as well as members of Fiji’s private sector in Jakarta for the Indonesia- Pacific Update 2011.
On behalf of Indonesia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Natalegawa spoke of the positive trend of increasing engagement between Indonesia and Fiji, both bilaterally and through regional and international groupings such as the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Non-Aligned Movement. He expressed his hope that Fiji’s new Embassy in Jakarta would provide a useful platform to further develop bilateral relations through new and targeted programmes in the furtherance of common interests. His warm welcome and continued support to Fiji was appreciated by the Prime Minister.
Accompanying the Prime Minister for the Ceremony was the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and Ms Namita Khatri, Principal Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
As mandated by Cabinet, the Ministry is living true to the opening of Fiji's Missions in the first, second and the third quarters of this year in Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil respectively.
The Fiji Mission in Jakarta, headed by Ambassador Cavuilati and supported by Second Secretary Pauliasi Tokasaya is located at the 14th Floor of MeneraTopas Building, Jl. MH. ThamrinKav. 9, Jakarta 10350.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji