.MINISTER KUMAR MEETS HIGH-LEVEL MACAU ADMINISTRATION AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Hon. Premila Kumar met with Macau’s Secretary for Administration, Justice and Acting Chief Administrator, Her Excellency Chan Hoi Fan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Special Commissioner, Her Excellency Wang Dong earlier this week.

Hon. Kumar stated that this was Fiji’s first official visit to Macau and the beginning of a new economic relation between Fiji and Macau.

“This new economic relation between the two countries is crucial as it also strengthens relations with greater China. Having said that, Fiji is committed to forging further bilateral relations with China,” said the Minister.

Hon. Kumar added that Macau has successfully embraced sustainability, especially in terms of environment and urban development. Therefore, knowledge sharing, capacity building on technology, research and environmentally-friendly sustainable policies were key areas of cooperation for the two countries.

Hon. Kumar who launched the Macau-Fiji Chamber of Commerce, said that she looked forward to their contribution and assistance, especially in taking the two countries economic relations further and creating more business-to-business relations between Fiji and Macau.

The Secretary for Administration, Justice and Acting Chief Administrator H.E Chan Hoi Fan added that it was for this reason, Fiji needed to capitalise on the direct flight to Hong Kong, which would at the same time, promote Fiji as an ideal tourist destination to the people of Macau.

She also stated that with the flight connectivity through Hong Kong, Macau would be able to import more agricultural produce directly from Fiji.

The Minister and the Fijian delegation also met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Special Commissioner, H.E Wang Dong who noted that with Fiji’s 5-Year and 20-Year National Development Plan, China’s Belt and Road Initiative would be a mechanism through which China could assist Fiji achieve its focus areas for development and growth.

H.E. Wang Dong added that since tourism was a key industry in Fiji and Macau, there was a lot, both countries could share and learn from each other.

She also assured the Minister that the newly established Macau–Fiji Chamber of Commerce would provide an excellent business link between the two. The launch was attended by more than 200 business representatives and Government officials.

Both Fiji and Macau agreed that there were various areas in which the two countries could cooperate with each other, using the overall Belt and Road Initiatives.