Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
Jan 26, 2015- Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kuboubola officially opened the new Fiji High Commission chancery in Port Moresby in January.
In his address Minister Kuboubola stated that the opening of the chancery was a testimony to Fiji's commitment to its relationship with the Papua New Guinean Government and a reflection that Fiji's economic and bilateral relationship with PNG, has strengthened on many levels.
"Fiji and PNG are the two largest Pacific countries working together, hence our political level engagement is growing and with PNG's strong influence in the MSG it is the right time to re-strategize and take our economic relationship to a new level".
Minister Kubuabola also stated that the relocation of the Fiji High Commission office has been the result of the growth of Fiji's presence in PNG and that of PNG in the region in terms of economy and influence. The opening of the new office also marks the imminent deployment of Fiji's Trade Commissioner to Papua New Guinea who will work with the Fiji High Commission to further enhance our Bilateral and economic ties.
Fiji exports into PNG have grown three folds over the last three years and there are many opportunities for PNG to expand exports into Fiji. Our current bilateral relationship has seen investments by PNG into Fiji from some of the biggest financial players such as BSP, Credit Corp and the Handy Finance Group. A staggering FJD218 million has been invested into infrastructure and Tourism such as the Grand Pacific Hotel and the Pearl South Pacific Resort.
Minister Kubuabola also stated that PNG is a resource rich nation with increasing interests for investment into the country. As the Minister for Foreign Affairs he was pleased to facilitate further growth through the Fiji High Commission and Trade Commissioner Office to expand the Trade Investment Partnership further to benefit both nations. Whilst Fiji''s commercial interests and engagement remains, Fiji is also committed to assist in other aspects such as the development nature of PNG and other MSG Countries.
Invited guests at the event included PNG Minister of Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato and the staff of Foreign Affairs, members of the Diplomatic Corps and members of the Fijian and Fiji Business Community.
Minister Kuboubola later met Minister Rimbink Pato for further bilateral discussions.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji