CSG Patricia Scotland meets Fiji Trade Minister- Faiyaz Koya during Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary General of the Commonwealth- Patricia Scotland, who attended the Pacific Islands Development Forum 2022, expressed pleasure to meet with the Minister of Trade, Transport and Tourism of Fiji- Faiyaz Koya, on July 13, 2022.

CSG Patricia Scotland meets Fiji Trade Minister- Faiyaz Koya during Pacifica Islands Forum
CSG Patricia Scotland meets Fiji Trade Minister- Faiyaz Koya during Pacifica Islands Forum

Fiji: Secretary General of the Commonwealth– Patricia Scotland, who attended the Pacific Islands Development Forum 2022, expressed pleasure to meet with the Minister of Trade, Transport and Tourism of Fiji- Faiyaz Koya, on July 13, 2022. 

CSG Scotland and the Trade Minister of Fiji enjoyed the bowl of Kava and held talks on the various Pacific Small Islands Developing States trade agendas through the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda. 

Through her social media, Patricia Scotland, outlined their recent MoU with World Trade Organisation while noting, “Pleased to meet with Fiji Minister of #Trade, Transport & Tourism Faiyaz Koya and share a bowl of Kava. I reiterated our support for #Pacific SIDS trade agendas through the #Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda, our #Small States Office in Geneva and recent MOU with World Trade Organisation.”

Further, on the same day, she also held productive discussions with Pacifica Island Development Forum Secretary-General Solo Mara and his amazing team. 

The meetings have mainly featured various matters of concern, such as strengthening the cooperation with the Commonwealth, which includes the support to the Pacific entrepreneurs and policymakers. Moreover, they also address the issues related to the women and youth to build a Green and Blue Economy.  

CSG Patricia Scotland added, “Looking forward to strengthening our cooperation, including to support #Pacific entrepreneurs and policymakers, with a focus on women & youth, to build the Green and #BlueEconomy.” 

In addition to that, CSG Scotland also held fruitful talks with Tonga PM Siaosi Sovaleni – Huakavameiliku and Foreign Minister Fekitamoeloa K. Utoikamanu later in the day. 

She applauded the Government of Tonga for containing the spread of Covid-19 following the terrible natural disasters early this year. The Commonwealth continues to stand in solidarity with them as it rebuilds.

CSG Scotland also welcomed the opportunity to meet with members of the #Pacific media in Suva & share some of the work the Commonwealth is doing for Pacific #SIDS – their Big Blue #Ocean States. The PIF 2050 #Blue Pacific Continent strategy will be crucial in guiding our cooperation moving forward. 

President of the United States- Kamala Harris also virtually attended the Forum, where she outlined the participation of her country in various matters related to the development of the Pacific