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Commonwealth SG concludes Fiji visit

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma held discussions with the Government on Commonwealth and Regional priorities before leaving Suva for Samoa en-route to the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in PNG. Sharma issued a statement on his departure: The purpose of my visit was to develop a diverse programme of engagement and partnership with Fiji […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 7, 2015 4:19 pm

The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma held discussions with the Government on Commonwealth and Regional priorities before leaving Suva for Samoa en-route to the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit in PNG.

Sharma issued a statement on his departure:

The purpose of my visit was to develop a diverse programme of engagement and partnership with Fiji that is at a level in keeping with the collaborative potential.

Sharma met the following Government officials:

  • President, HE Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
  • Prime Minister, Hon Josaia V Bainimarama
  • Minister of Finance and Attorney-General, Hon Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
  • Minister of Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts, Hon Dr Mahendra Reddy
  • Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Laisenia Bale Tuitubou
  • Supervisor of Elections, Fiji Electoral Office, Mr Mohammed Saneem
  • Chair of the Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission, Hon Justice Mohamed Ajmeer
  • Leader of the Opposition, Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa and senior members of opposition parties.
  • Interim Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)
  • Acting Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

The discussions focused on Commonwealth partnership in the areas of:

  • Oceans, Maritime Boundaries and Natural Resource Management
  • Trade
  • Debt Management
  • Youth and Sports
  • Education
  • Elections
  • Human Rights
  • Small Island States and Climate Change

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