5 Apr 2011

Fiji Interim PM to open new embassy in Jakarta

8:46 am on 5 April 2011

Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama will be officially opening a new Fiji embassy in Indonesia tomorrow.

The Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Solo Mara says the embassy based in Jakarta has always been in the pipeline.

Mr Mara says Fiji can learn from Indonesia's economic development model and positive growth, particularly in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

He says Fiji's trade with Indonesia is worth about 19 million US dollars and says there is a need to increase this figure.

Meanwhile a senior official with Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Budiarman Bahar, who led Jakarta's delegation at last week's Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit in Fiji, says

Indonesia wants greater co-operation with Pacific island countries.

He says no country should stay isolated in the age of globalisation.