Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan welcomed H.E. Mr. Seremaia Tui Cavuilati, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Fiji to Indonesia today at the ASEAN Secretariat during the presentation of his Letter of Credence.

Dr Surin commended the growth of the tourism sector in Fiji and also encouraged Ambassador Cavuilati to further explore cooperation in areas of competence and interests to both ASEAN and Fiji. Dr. Surin encouraged Fiji to play a greater role in enhancing cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), of which Fiji is one of the Member States.

In his conversation with Dr. Surin, Ambassador Cavuilati said that his accreditation reflected Fiji’s high interest to cooperate closer with the region. The Ambassador also informed Dr. Surin that Fiji looks forward to creating more effective relationship with ASEAN and to strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two sides. The Ambassador further introduced some potential areas of cooperation with ASEAN, such as sugar industry, mineral resources, manufacturing, forestry, fisheries, climate change, technology, health pandemics, and tourism.

The two officials also discussed the political and economic developments in the region and ways to strengthen the ASEAN-Fiji cooperation.