Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
04 October 2012: Fijis Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation today received a selection of reference books from the British High Commission to assist the Ministry in our work on diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations.
At the hand-over, the Ministry's Permanent Secretary Ms. Saipora Mataikabara said, "the books and the reading materials that we are receiving today will greatly assist all of us in enhancing and enriching our knowledge and understanding of international relations and diplomacy particularly in the 21st century where there is rapid changes, new emerging challenges and issues shaping the international relations landscape." Copy of her Remarks attached.
Acting British High Commissioner Martin Fidler said the High Commission was very pleased to be able to assist the Ministry acquire these books and added that the books are also commonly used by British Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff.
Commenting on one of the books handed over, Satows Diplomatic Practice, Mr Fidler said,
“this is an indispensable guide for anyone working in or studying in the field of diplomacy and foreign affairs.”
The two sides also discussed cooperation in training and education in the UK for Fiji Foreign Ministry staff and other impending high level British Foreign Office Fiji visits.
Speech:----------------------------------------Mr. Martin FidlerThe Acting British High Commissioner; and Members of the Diplomatic Staff of the British High Commission
Good afternoon andwelcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.We are gathered here today to receive a most generous donation from the British Government. This donation is in response to our request to assist the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation in the professional development of our staff.The books and the reading materials that we are receiving today will greatly assist all of usin enhancing and enriching our knowledge and understanding of international relations and diplomacy particularly in this day and age of rapid changes, new and emerging challenges and issues shaping the international relations landscape.On behalf of the Minister and the staff of this Ministry I would like to say a big VINAKA VAKALEVU to the British High Commission and the British Foreign Office for your generosity.This kind donation will continue to foster our close cooperation and friendship.Vinaka vakalevu.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji