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AG updates US state department on TC Winston recovery efforts

The United States State Department has been briefed on the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts by the Fijian Government in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. At a meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Matthew Matthews of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the AG […]

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April 15, 2016 9:15 am

The United States State Department has been briefed on the rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts by the Fijian Government in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston by Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Matthew Matthews welcomes Fiji’s Ambassador to the US, Mr. Solo Mara and Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (@USAsiaPacific)
The Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Matthew Matthews welcomes Fiji’s Ambassador to the US, Mr. Solo Mara and Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (@USAsiaPacific)

At a meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary Mr. Matthew Matthews of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the AG discussed Fiji’s economic policies following TC Winston and the challenges faced by small island developing states in adapting to the effects of climate change.

The AG was accompanied by Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Solo Mara.

Mr. Matthews thanked and acknowledged Fiji’s contribution towards the conclusion of the Paris Agreement and highlighted the significant impact that the Paris Agreement would have globally, once in force.

Mr. Matthews also acknowledged the progress achieved by the Fijian Government through the conclusion of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Article 26 Complaint. He added that successful implementation would have a positive impact on the GSP review.

He also reiterated the continued commitment to further strengthening the bilateral relations between Fiji and the United States, while at the same time recognising the prominent role Fiji plays in the region.

The AG is currently in Washington D.C. to hold a series of meetings with the International Monetary Fund and other organisations with a particular focus on Fiji’s financial needs in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston

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