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Media Release

Fiji Heads of Mission from Africa, Europe and the Middle East meet in Abu Dhabi

 

 

 

Fiji Heads of Mission from Africa Europe and the Middle East meet in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, 31 August: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation held its second regional seminar for Heads of Mission [Ambassadors/High Commissioners] from Africa, UK, Europe and Middle East in Abu Dhabi from 30-31 August 2012. This meeting was the second after the first that was held in Seoul, Korea for the Heads of Mission from the Asia-Pacific Region.

The theme of the seminar was: ‘Maximizing Returns for Fiji: The Opportunities and Challenges for Mission Work’.

The Heads of Mission attending were HE Solo Mara, High Commissioner to the UK, Germany and Holy See; HE Peceli Vocea, Ambassador to the European Union, HE Beniamino Salacakau, High Commissioner to South Africa and HE Robin Nair, Ambassador to United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Mataitoga from Fiji Embassy, Japan attended as coordinator and facilitator for the seminar.

The organization of regional consultation was agreed to at the Heads of Mission Consultation held in Fiji in February 2012, as part of a constant review mechanism for Mission activities, and where appropriate propose practical changes to ensure government policy priorities are mainstreamed into Mission activities.

In their discussion the Heads of Mission focused on four (4) specific areas, namely, Lifting Performance of Fijian-Made Goods and Services in their respective countries of accreditation; Investment Sourcing  in priority sectors; Improving Development Assistance from government and non government sources flowing to Fiji; identifying the generic political issues that are relevant in meeting the challenges. These will come out in an Outcome Statement with suggestions for action to be taken to maximize returns  to Fiji.

The Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation addressed the meeting, stressing the importance of work undertaken in Mission to be linked to the priority policy of government and as articulated as key result areas in the Corporate Plan of the Ministry. She also addressed one of the session on Mission Management Issues, stressing the need for diplomats to work hard and consistently to produce tangible results, given the high expectation in our domestic constituency in Fiji. There is need to move with determination from talking about these issues to actually achieving tangible results, which contribute positively to the life of people in Fiji.

The Heads of Mission were reminded that it is no longer ‘business as usual’ as there is an increased demand for them to review the way they are doing business and  lift their performance benchmark in order to deliver on their key result areas and achieve higher performance.

[Photo caption (L-R) HE Solo Mara; HE Ben Salacakau; HE Isikeli Mataitoga; PS Saipora Mataikabara; HE Robin Nair; HE Peceli Vocea]