Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
19th July 2012: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today opened Fiji’s resident embassy in Seoul, South Korea witnessed by senior Korean government officials, Fijian business officials and friends of Fiji.
The opening of Fiji's Embassy today is symbolic of the Bainimarama Government’s commitment to be vigorously engaged with the international community.
Fiji’s joining of the Non-Aligned Movement and our 'Look North Policy’ forms part of this overall strategy.
“Our two nations have had a close relationship for more than four decades. In that time, Fiji has benefited greatly from technical and developmental assistance provided by the government of the Republic of Korea,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said during the opening.
Over the past three years, due to both governments efforts to forge closer ties, trade between Fiji and Korea has increased steadily. In 2011, trade increased by 32 per cent to $82,146 million.
“As international trade continues to increase and Fiji’s economy continues to expand, my Government is committed to ensuring that transparency, stability and integrity form the foundations of our economic development. This instills confidence in those looking to conduct business in Fiji,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“Fiji has many exciting investment and partnership opportunities for Koreans. We offer a number of attractive incentives for investment. Our geographical location in the South-pacific, coupled with modern infrastructure, telecommunications and financial services makes Fiji a natural hub for investment.”
He added that there was also great potential for partnership in science, medicine, and technology.
“Fiji is a developing market in all of these sectors and is actively seeking investment and knowledge transfer.”
The opening of the Mission in Korea is on the back of recently established missions in South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia.
The head of government also informed those present that in a couple of month’s time, Fiji will also be opening a mission in the United Arab Emirates is part of the Fijian Government’s objective to forge new friendships and strengthen existing ones.
“In this process we open new markets for our goods and services, invite investment, develop and modernize our economy, and improve the lives of all Fijians,” the Prime Minister added.
Ambassador Filimoni Kau will be the first resident Ambassador for Fiji to Korea.
Fiji’s Embassy to Japan formerly looked after Fiji’s interests in Korea where Fiji also has a consulate.
(Photo caption left-right: Kabu ni Vanua dance troupe; Fijian students studying in South Korea offered their support in assisting the 3 member Fiji Embassy team prepare for the commissioning of Fiji's Chancery)
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