Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Fiji, His Excellency Mr. Raden Mohammad Benyamin Scott Carnadi paid a farewell courtesy call today (January 23rd, 2023) on the Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka.
Prime Minister Rabuka extended the sincere appreciation of the Government and the people of Fiji to Indonesia for their support to our nation, over the years. Indonesia’s assistance to Fiji in the areas of socioeconomic development, humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts amidst the natural disasters and other global challenges, was acknowledged. The upgrading of Queen Victoria School (QVS) and the Grant arrangement for the Dobuilevu Demonstration Farm Project are key infrastructural projects supported by Indonesia.
Prime Minister Rabuka said Fiji looks forward for Indonesia’s continued cooperation to create new opportunities for development in Fiji, Pacific and beyond.
In his role as the new Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Prime Minister Rabuka spoke on the immediate priorities of the Forum family and Fiji’s commitment to nurture stronger partnerships.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Indonesia, Ambassador Carnadi conveyed his heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister, Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka, for his leadership of the new coalition Government of the Republic of Fiji.
Ambassador Carnadi reaffirmed Indonesia’s commitment to strengthen the robust bilateral relations with Fiji and he’s grateful he had the opportunity to live and serve in Fiji for nearly 5 years.
“I will cherish and take back with me the fond memories, valuable experiences of the distinct rich Fijian culture and tradition. The beauty, quality of life, and the hospitality of this country have made my stay in Fiji, a very memorable one. I will be leaving Fiji with wealth of memories that, I will always treasure for the rest of my life.
“To conclude I wish to wholeheartedly and sincerely thank the Government and the people of Fiji for the wonderful friendship, support and cooperation extended to me while serving in Fiji. Rest assured that Indonesia will definitely continue to deepen, widen and strengthen its engagements, relations and cooperation with Fiji and all the Pacific Island countries. Vinaka Vakalevu and Sota Tale,” Ambassador Carnadi said.
Fiji and Indonesia established diplomatic relations in 1974. The key areas of cooperation includes people-to-people links, technical training in the human resource development in fisheries and agriculture and climate change, women’s empowerment, defense, policing, disaster management and forestry, amongst others.