Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
20th December 2012: Fiji’s election to the chairmanship of the G77 reflects the confidence by the international community in having Fiji preside over international matters.
This morning Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Peter Thomson highlighted that more than 130 developing countries from the Asia Pacific region supported Fiji’s Chairmanship of the G77 and that Fiji will need to work hard to carry out its duties.
This afternoon Ambassador Peter Thomson joined members of the G77 in presenting to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on the next steps that will need to be taken. Ambassador Thomson also briefed the Prime Minister of the handing over ceremony that will take place in New York in January next year.
Before his briefing with the Prime Minister and members of cabinet, Ambassador Thomson also briefed media outlets on the process leading towards Fiji’s election to chairmanship and the next step towards handing over.
Ambassador Thomson was accompanied by the G77 +China executive general secretary Mr Mourad Ahmia who also briefed the Prime Minister on Fiji’s newest international responsibilities. Mr Ahmia has written several publications related to the G77 and the United Nations.
Mr Ahmia reminded media outlets this afternoon that Fiji’s chairmanship marks a new chapter not only in Fiji’s international history but also that for Pacific islands. He said that Fiji is the first country in the region to be elected to chair the G77.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Bainimarama is expected to travel to New York next year for the handing over ceremony.
[Caption: PM Bainimarama with the G77 and China Executive General.]
(Note: video of the presentation by Ambassador Thomson can be accessed here)
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