Visit to Fiji

  • Media release
24 July 2019

I will travel to Fiji from 24 to 26 July to represent Australia at Pacific Islands Forum ministerial meetings and further strengthen cooperation to promote security and prosperity in our region.

At the special Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting on 25 July, ministers will discuss opportunities and proposals to continue to support a resilient and stable Pacific.

At the Forum Foreign Ministers' Meeting the following day, I will join other foreign ministers to discuss our work together to secure our region, the Blue Pacific, including through managing fisheries and finalising maritime boundaries.

I am also looking forward to discussions on strengthening regional security under the Boe Declaration.

Australia is working with Pacific partners to implement two key regional security initiatives in support of the Boe Declaration – the Pacific Fusion Centre, and the Australia Pacific Security College.

The Pacific Fusion Centre will inform responses to the security challenges our region faces, including illegal fishing, people smuggling and drug trafficking. The Australia Pacific Security College will strengthen regional security cooperation across the region.

I will meet again with women parliamentarians in Fiji, including the Minister for Women Children and Poverty Alleviation, the Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa. I am also looking forward to visiting the Pacific Community's (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), an important initiative to assist Pacific island countries access vital seeds and staple crops, and the Fiji National University (FNU) to see Australian support for Pacific island students.

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