FIRST FIJI ENVOY TO BANGLADESH PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT

Caption: Fiji’s High Commissioner to India Yogesh J Karan in meeting after presenting his Credentials to the Honorable President of the People’s Republic Bangladesh, His Excellency Md. Abdul Hamid.

Fiji and Bangladesh have strengthened its bilateral relations following the recent presentation of credentials by Fiji?s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Yogesh J. Karan, to the President of Bangladesh.

High Commissioner Karan who is the resident High Commissioner to India, is now Fiji?s first High Commissioner to Bangladesh since the two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 2003.

The Fijian High Commissioner was escorted to the Bangladeshi capital, Dharka and presented his credentials to His Excellency the President, Md. Abdul Hamid, at his office.

While conveying Fiji?s message on behalf of the Fijian President, H.E Karan said that the similarities between the two countries was conducive to strengthening the relations in the areas of trade and economic activities.

The credentials presentation was an opportunity for the Fijian envoy to brief the President on Fiji?s electoral developments including the recent promulgation of a constitution that meets the standards of some of the world?s great democracies. He also extended an invitation to His Excellency to visit Fiji in the near future.

The President, His Excellency, Md. Abdul Hamid in accepting Commissioner Karan as Fiji?s first Non-Resident High Commissioner to Bangladesh, said that both countries could work together to further strengthen its diplomatic relations.

FIJAN ENVOY HOLDS TALKS WITH BANGLADESH PRIME MINISTER

Fiji?s High Commissioner to India, HE Yogesh Karan recently met with the Prime Minister of the People?s Republic of Bangladesh, Honorable Mrs Sheikh Hasina and told her about the current developments unfolding in the country.

During the meeting, Mr Karan thanked the Prime Minister and briefed her on the Fijian Government?s Look North Policy? and highlighted Fiji?s engagement with the international community.

?Fiji has significantly enhanced both its bilateral and multilateral relations internationally in the recent years,? H.E Karan said.

They also discussed exchanging trade missions and deployment of expertise in prioritized areas of development since Bangladesh was a growing economy. H.E Karan said? that since Fiji has an Honorary Consulate in Bangladesh, with Mr Sameeb Rasheed as Fiji?s Honorary Consul General, much of the inquiries for trade and investment could be promptly managed in Bangladesh for Fiji.

High Commissioner Karan also paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Dipu Moni, where discussions were focused on bilateral relations.

Dr Moni extended invitations, through Diplomatic Note, to her counterpart ? Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and also to the Minister for Agriculture, Mr Inia Seruiratu to visit Bangladesh.

Both the countries are considering a Memorandum of Understanding in Agricultural Cooperation where the Government of Bangladesh is willing to provide assistance in deployment of expertise to Fiji.

Mr Karan also had meetings with top leaders of the private sector and discussed about the investment opportunities available here.

?Economic power is shifting to Asia and Fiji needs to capitalise on such opportunities competitively,? Mr Karan said.

He also invited entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to invest in Fiji as the government has provided attractive incentives for investments, which included the efficient systems in place for business registrations.

MINFO