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     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

Fijian government sends official for diplomatic training

9/10/2014

In a bid to strengthen Fiji’s diplomatic capabilities, the Fijian Government has sent a representative to the 13th Senior Diplomatic Course in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs acting Director of International Cooperation Apolosi Lewaqai joined participants from Cambodia, China, Korea, Palestine, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam at the two-week training.

Fiji's Ambassador to Indonesia Ratu Tui Cavuilati said the course would provide a good platform for networking among participants. He highlighted that three senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have also carried out this course.

"It is really to upgrade their knowledge in diplomacy and the latest in international relations and politics," said Ambassador Cavuilati.

He believed this was a good opportunity for aspiring Fijian diplomats given that they would also learn about Indonesia's foreign policy.

"Overall the course which is conducted at different levels help prepare a diplomat in areas of work commensurate with their level," he said.

"The basics and the dynamics will help the officials adapt according to their own foreign policy perspectives."

"The acquaintances struck with other Diplomats help build networks and in the long run satisfies the fundamentals in diplomatic relations which are understanding, respect, friendly and amicable relations."

Ambassador Cavuilati said the course would greatly assist the Fijian officials and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by having professional diplomats trained who can promote and protect Fiji's interests abroad.

"The Fiji Mission in Indonesia would like more officials from Fiji to come since we have been a willing partner in such capacity and manpower development programs that our friends offer.”


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