Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia, H.E Mr Luke Daunivalu, today presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). In conveying the greetings and well wishes of the President of the Republic of Fiji, High Commissioner Daunivalu also informed the Governor-General that it was an honour for him to represent the Government and people of Fiji in Australia and looked forward to working closely with the Australian Government. With a focus on strengthening political, economic and social ties between Fiji and Australia, a key part of the new High Commissioner’s work will be engaging with the Australian private sector representatives, investors, academia, Civil Society Organisations and the 100,000 strong Fijian diaspora community in Australia.
High Commissioner Daunivalu brings with him to the role more than 20 years of experience working in the national and international arena. As Chief Negotiator for Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency, he continues to take charge the climate advocacy work under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji’s Prime Minister hands over the COP23 Presidency to Poland in December this year when COP 24 begins in the city of Katowice.
Mr Daunivalu’s appointment as Fiji’s High Commissioner is for the term of 3 years. He takes over from High Commissioner Yogesh Punja, who is now based in New Delhi as Fiji’s High Commissioner to India. High Commissioner Daunivalu was accompanied to the Presentation of Credentials Ceremony by his spouse Mrs Patricia Daunivalu, Consular-General and Trade Commissioner, Mr Zarak Khan and the diplomatic staff from the Fiji High Commission