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Media Release

Minister Kubuabola meets Japanese Parliamentary Committee

Jan 16, 2014- Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola believes that Fiji and Japan has the potential to further strengthen their bilateral relations this year.

Minister Kubuabola when meeting Japanese Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee leader  Shinako Tsuchiya who paid him a courtesy call in Suva today said that Fiji was looking forward to the good opportunities the two countries would be sharing.

“I am thankful to the Japanese government for all the development cooperation projects that have been implemented through JICA and your hardworking staff of the Japanese Embassy who have developed a close working relationship with our ministry staff,” he said.

He informed the committee that the scheduled visit of another Japanese delegation early next month to participate in the Japan- Fiji Economic Cooperation Policy Consultation would be a positive indication of the growing mutual interest between the two countries’ development policies.

Minister Kubuabola also congratulated the Government of Japan for the elections victory by a super majority of the Abe Coalition late last year.

He thanked them for their support during the elections in Fiji in September last year.

Minister Kubuabola briefed the committee led by Ms Tsuchiya of the post election developments in Fiji.

He informed Ms Tsuchiya that Fiji’s current Parliamentary make up had the highest number of female representatives to date.

“We have a parliament where most of our members are relatively new to the experience,” he added.

He extended the Fijian Government’s request to Japan to explore that initiative by inviting a Parliamentary team from Fiji over.

“We have been exploring opportunities for a select group of Fijian Parliamentarians to visit other countries and learn from them.”

“ This could be something which you may wish to explore where we can arrange for such a visit to Japan.”

Ms Tsuchiya would be meeting with Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni and Minister for Women Dr Rozy Akbar.

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