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France and Fiji islands

Political relations

France, which has an embassy in Suva, maintains trusting and solid ties with Fiji, its geographic neighbour (common borders with New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna).

Prime Minister Josaia Voreque Bainimarama welcomed the admission of New Caledonia and French Polynesia into the Pacific Islands Forum and wanted the Forum to open up to all of its Pacific neighbours.

Visits

Prime Minister Bainimarama visited Paris to attend the Fourth France-Oceania Summit on 26 November 2015. He also came to France to attend the COP21 on 30 November 2015. After a unanimous vote of the Fijian Parliament on11 February 2016, the Republic of the Fiji was the world’s first country to ratify the Paris Agreement. The Prime Minister travelled to New York to sign the agreement on 22 April 2016.

The bilateral relationship was also strengthened with the visit of the France-Vanuatu-Pacific Islands Friendship Group of the French Senate conducted by its President, Senator Catherine Procaccia, in September 2016 on the topic of climate change. This visit was immediately followed by Fijian Parliament President Jiko Luveni’s visit to Paris in December 2016.

On 13 January 2017, Inia Seruiratu, a member of the Fijian Government in charge of preparing COP23, was in Paris and met with officials working in the Private Office of the Environment Minister. Prime Minister Bainimarama also met with the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Nicolas Hulot, on the sidelines of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 25 May 2017.

Economic relations

Economic relations between France and Fiji are growing stronger with the presence of several French companies in the country, either through permanent offices (Total, Pacific Petroleum, Bred, Bolloré Logistics, Accor), or with the development of business (with Thalès, Alcatel, Vergnet, Airbus, ATR and Schneider Electric).

For more information, visit:
http://www.tresor.economie.gouv.fr/File/426937

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The priorities of our bilateral cooperation are promoting Francophonie and language issues, vocational training, scientific discussions focused on major issues in Oceania, such as climate change, environmental protection, the development of renewable energies and the promotion of cultural heritage.

Scientific and academic cooperation strengthens ties between academic and research centres of Fiji and French territorial communities in the Pacific (the University of New Caledonia, the University of French Polynesia, the Research Institute for Sustainable Development, the Pasteur Institute, the Malardé Institute, the Centre of Island Research and Environmental Observatory). The Alliance Française, the University of the South Pacific and schools in French territories in the Pacific are pursuing an active policy to promote the French language and culture. Several schools in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna are offering their students work placements in Fiji.

Other cooperation

The New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC) were the first to re-establish their operational cooperation with the Fijian army during a visit of their high commander, General Luc de Revel in October 2014. Major General Philippe Léonard made his first official visit to Fiji from 14 to 16 September 2016, when the surveillance frigate Vendémiaire stopped in Suva. The Prime Minister (and retired Admiral) Bainimarama welcomed the Croix du Sud 2016 exercise in which Fijian military forces (RFMF) participated.

The FANC intervene in the event of a natural disaster under the FRANZ Agreement, in liaison with its Australian and New Zealand partners (for example in the aftermath of the Cyclone Winston on 20 and 21 February 2016).

Updated: 8 June 2017

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