MINISTRY OF INFORMATION FIJI NEWS SUMMARY 5.00PM 12/01/13

CAPTION: Its a done deal…..AFL Airports Manager Lawrence K C Liew with PS Agriculture , Ropate Ligairi.

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1.?AMBASSADOR MATAITOGA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO AQUINO III, PRESDIENT OF THE REPUBLIF OF THE PHILLIPINES -?In a ceremony held at the Malacanang Palace, Manila on Thursday, 10 January 2013, Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga presented his credentials as Fiji?s Non Resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines to His Excellency Mr Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines.

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2.?NAUSORI AIRPORT SAFETY ENHANCED WITH MOA -?Airports Fiji Limited will now be able to draw river water from the Land Water Resource Management Jetty area near the Nausori airport for its Fire Tenders.

 

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1.?AMBASSADOR MATAITOGA PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO AQUINO III, PRESDIENT OF THE REPUBLIF OF THE PHILLIPINES

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In a ceremony held at the Malacanang Palace, Manila on Thursday, 10 January 2013, Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga presented his credentials as Fiji?s Non Resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines to His Excellency Mr Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines.

 

Ambassador Mataitoga was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Venina Mataitoga.

 

In presenting his Letters of Credence to HE President Benigno Aquino III, Ambassador Mataitoga thanked the President, the government and the people of the Philippines for their support and goodwill towards Fiji, as it undergoes its current reform and modernization programs.

 

He also expressed the sincere desire of Fiji to deepen its bilateral relations with the Philippines and further enhance mutual cooperation in the United Nations and other international fora.

 

Ambassador Mataitoga later attended the?Vin d? Honneur??hosted by the President for the newly accredited Ambassadors to the Republic of the Philippines. He also held meetings with two business leaders to explore potential areas of trade and investment with Fiji.

 

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2.?NAUSORI AIRPORT SAFETY ENHANCED WITH MOA

Airports Fiji Limited will now be able to draw river water from the Land Water Resource Management Jetty area near the Nausori airport for its Fire Tenders.

It is now possible to use the Jetty to launch rescue boats during emergencies and crash exercises. It is also possible now to use boats during an aircraft crash to rescue crew.

The recent signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Airports Fiji Limited for the use of the Land and Water Resource Management facilities at the Luvuluvu airport allowed the use of these facilities.

The signing was conducted on Friday afternoon by the Manager Airports Mr Lawrence Lew and the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest Mr Ropate Ligairi.

Mr Ligairi said the agreement is in line with the Nausori Airport being declared a category Seven Airport which meant it can now accommodate Boeing 737-800 series.

?This partnership with AFL paves the way forward to support plans for developing and improving the aviation industry in Fiji and I wish AFL the best in its endeavors,? PS Ligairi said.

Airports Fiji Manager Mr Lawrence Lew commended the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest.

?We thank you all for the excellent cooperation that you have all extended to AFL and we hope to take it to the next level of safeguarding Nausori Airport and ensuring that whenever there is a case for our fire tenders to be used, as ?happened recently at New World supermarket, we will be more than happy to assist,? Mr Lew said.

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