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6 - 17 November 2017  
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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

Fijians around the world celebrate Fiji Day

Fijians around the world have joined their fellow countrymen back home in celebrating Fiji Day wherever they are.

In Papua New Guinea Grand Chief Michael Somare was the chief guest at a family day organized by the FIji High Commission in Port Moresby to mark Fiji Day and was accorded traditional Fijian ceremony befitting high chiefs.

Later that evening, PNG Prime Minister Peter Oneill was a chief guest at a cocktail  organized by the Fiji mission.

High Commissioner Romanu Tikotikoca acknowledged PNG for being a trusted friend and brother.

"PNG has weathered the storm of Fiji's evolution and transition as a nation over the past four decades," he said.

High Commissioner Tikotikoca reassured Fijians living in PNG that the Fiji and PNG relations was very solid.

HC Tikotikoca thanked PNG for the PGK50million assistance towards Fiji's return to democracy.

He said that most Fijians work in PNG and their contributions towards Fiji's economy was enormous.

HC Tikotikoca said Fiji's exports into PNG rose exponentially from $19m in 2010 to around $63m in 2013.

He added that PNG exports into Fiji have had little movement remaining around the $7m mark during that period.

PNG investments into Fiji rose exponentially between 2002 and 2013 with 12 companies now investing in Fiji with a total of FJ$218.7m with BSP, Grand Pacific Hotel Ltd and Pearl South Pacific Resort, leading the way.

HC Tikotikoca said the MSG trade show to be hosted in Port Moresby this November marks another milestone in MSG especially in terms of PNG and Fiji relations.

"More broadly, the Fijian and PNG governments—along with our respective private sectors—share a bold vision, which is a truly integrated Pacific, pursuing common goals that grow our economies, increase our regional and global influence and, benefit all our peoples," he said.

"This transformation has been staggering over the years."

He said that MSG have graduated from a three item list on our trade schedule (tin fish, sugar and beef) to trade in thousands of goods and service.

"This has surpassed even our most optimistic expectations."

Meanwhile in New Zealand the Fiji High Commission in Wellington organized a double celebration to mark Fiji's 44th anniversary of independence.

The first was celebrated at the Fiji High Commission in Wellington on the 6th of October followed by a celebration on the 9th of October at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland. Both the celebrations were attended in large numbers by members of the Diplomatic Corp, government officials, representatives from the Fiji- New Zealand Business Council and friends of Fiji.
 Acting Head of Mission Mere Tora updated all those gathered of the recent events in Fiji which included Fiji’s new Parliamentary make up.

Ms Tora also paid tribute to the Fijian community in New Zealand for their support. She encouraged everyone to come on board and be part of the exciting new journey Fiji is embarking on, including the business community who were assured of the pro - business stance of the Bainimarama Government.

In Wellington, guests witnessed an exhibition of the nation’s journey to Fiji's New Dawn through a kaleidoscope of photos, artefacts and niche products on display during the reception.
For the Fijian community in Samoa, their Fiji Day celebrations have will be on October 18 to be held in conjunction with Samoa's Children's White Sunday

Fijian Community in Samoa chairman Jovilisi Suveinakama said they would have a flag raising ceremony and members of the Fijian community, families and friends would come together to share some local cuisine and entertainment.

Mr Suveinakama said it was encouraging to hear that Fiji also plan to cement its place as a pre-eminent Pacific Island nation by working together in a collaborative manner to resolve the great challenges faced to develop our economies and improve the lives of all Pacific Islanders.

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