Fiji taps into Middle East business via presence in UAE

24/05/2012

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government has recently approved Fiji’s proposal to open its Embassy in Abu Dhabi. <!--more-->It will also contribute 500,000 Dirhams toward its establishment. The embassy is to officially open in August this year.

UAE’s Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister (Economic Affairs) Khalid Ghanim Al Ghaith has said since diplomatic relations between the two countries had been established, economic and business activity between the two countries had doubled.

“To further capitalise on the opportunities in our relations, the UAE is keen to enter into an agreement for an Open Sky Policy with Fiji. This will boost the tourism sector in Fiji and increase connectivity between the two countries and sub-regions.” Mr Al Ghaith said.

“With the Policy in place, the UAE intends to link Fiji to countries in South America such as Chile, Peru or even Brazil which will be of great benefit to both Fiji and the UAE,” he added.

Fijian Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is in Abu Dhabi to identify suitable locations to accommodate Fiji’s Chancery and the residences for its Fijian diplomats.

“The establishment of an Embassy in Abu Dhabi not only acknowledges the importance that Fiji places on its relations with the UAE but also with this region,” Ratu Inoke said.

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