6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service


Media Release

Fiji Embassy in Brussels Celebrated Fiji Independence in Style

Amb Vocea

(Ambassador Vocea delivering his Statement, in Brussels)

The Fiji Embassy in Brussels on Friday 12 October organised a cocktail reception to celebrate Fiji’s 42nd Anniversary of Independence. The reception was held at the ACP Headquarters and around 150 invited guests, diplomats, friends and citizens of Fiji were there to celebrate and enjoy the occasion.     

In his statement, the Head of Fiji Mission to EU, Ambassador Vocea, thanked everyone for taking the time to be present and to celebrate the auspicious occasion with the small number of Fiji citizens in Brussels.  He stated that Fiji, since its Independence, had come through experiences which have shaped the country, strengthened, sharpen and enriched the lives of individuals and communities of diverse culture, race and religion. 

He said that, Government has put in place and has firmly been following a Roadmap towards elections in 2014, as it aspires towards a modern democratic society, where Fiji’s diplomatic expanding relations is crucial.  He also mentioned that at the recent UN General Assembly, the Fiji Government had humbly and kindly accepted the Chair of the Group of 77 for 2013.  “We believe that greater opportunities for development can be found in this more globalised world, when we search for, and expand connections beyond our comfort zones, despite our smallness and geography”, Ambassador Vocea said.

Ambassador Vocea briefly outlined the broad timelines in the formulation and approval of a new Fiji Constitution, in which the people of Fiji are looking forward to a draft as an early Christmas gift. 

The climax of the event was a trip down memory lane with video clips from 42 years ago in Fiji, at 10 o’clock, on the 10th day of the 10th month in 1970.  The guests were also treated with impromptu Fijian singing from the small number of Fiji citizens present on the night.