January 4, 2017 7:39 am

Bainimarama receives Belgian official

Didier Reynders is the Deputy Prime Minister and Belgium’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs.

Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama today received the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Belgium, Hon. Didier Reynders.
Mr Reynders paid a courtesy visit to PM Bainimarama in his office.

PM Bainimarama while welcoming Mr Reynders to the country said that Fiji values highly the long-standing friendship and cooperation it shares with the government and people of the Kingdom of Belgium.

Mr Reynders also met with the Assistant Minister for Health, Hon. Alex O’Connor and the Minister of Industry and Trade, Hon. Faiyaz Koya.

Meeting with senior officials of the health ministry

Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders today met with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services senior officials at the Ministry’s headquarters in Suva.

(seated in middle) Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders while meeting with the officials from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Suva.
(seated in middle) Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders while meeting with the officials from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Suva.

The Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Alex O Connor and the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Philip Davis received the delegation and held discussions on Fiji’s health programs and services that are provided through a partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and relevant stakeholders.

Discussions also centred on the Ministry’s programs in rural and maritime communities, developments to enhance health infrastructure, training and capacity building of health professionals including doctors and nurses, pharmaceutical services and public health services.

The meeting today also provided an opportunity for Mr Reynders and Assistant Minister O’Connor to discuss opportunities for cooperation between Fiji and Belgium’s health sector.

Belgium diplomat begins official Fiji tour

January 03 – Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Didier Reynders began his tour from Lautoka yesterday as he met with Education Minister Hon. Doctor Mahendra Reddy, senior education officials and members of the sugar stakeholders.

Minister Reynders and Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy and their senior officials with students of Viseisei Primary School.
Minister Reynders and Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy and their senior officials with students of Viseisei Primary School.

This is not only Hon. Reynder’s first visit to Fiji but this is the first time a Minister of Belgium is touring Fiji. He says he will certainly visit in the future.

He kicked off his tour this morning with his delegation by meeting senior officials of the sugar ministry in Lautoka where he was briefed about Fiji’s sugarcane industry and its future. He then visited the Sugar Refine Institute of Fiji’s facility where he also received a briefing.

The Tui Vuda Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia welcomes Minister Reynders and his delegation to Vuda.
The Tui Vuda Ratu Kitione Tavaiqia welcomes Minister Reynders and his delegation to Vuda.

Belgium’s Foreign Minister was traditionally welcomed by the Vanua of Vuda and later officiated at the presentation of over $30,000 donation to Viseisei Primary School which suffered damages during the Tropical Cyclone Winston.
He will meet with senior government officials later this week in Suva.