The enhanced diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unfolded new platforms for Fiji to participate in one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions, the Expo 2020 Dubai that will be held from October 20, 2020 till mid-April in 2021.
Fiji will have the opportunity to be featured among 190 plus countries at the 2020 Expo which will attract more than 25 million visitors from all over the world.
The Expo 2020 exhibitions will reflect on the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” being expressed into three subthemes, “Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity”.
Elaborating on the importance of Expo 2020 to Fiji, UAE Non-Resident Ambassador accredited to Fiji, His Excellency, Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi says that it will unfold new socioeconomic opportunities for developing nations.
He said that Fiji will be among other Pacific Island nations who will get a pavilion each to showcase the uniqueness of their culture and actively market their countries strategic economic programs and explore new ventures for trade and business development.
“The key objective of the Expo 2020 is to create positive impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the participating countries.
“There are progressive plans in place for the preparation through committee meetings to ensure the participating countries actively prepare the pavilions to showcase their culture, heritage and market their economy,” Ambassador Alsuwaidi said.
Meanwhile, the UAE also assists the Pacific Island nations through Pacific Partnership Fund which aspires to increase accessibility of renewable energy sources for Pacific.
The Fund has an allocation of $50 million to co-ordinate the renewable energy projects in Pacific Island countries and to date 11 projects have been accomplished.
Work is also in progress on the implementation of the recently signed MOU with the UAE Red Crescent to support the Fijian Government’s Adopt a School Programme.
“Visitations have already been made to the three schools and we are in the process of choosing the consulting companies.
“The project is expected to start by the beginning of next year and we are really happy to be part of this noble project,” he elaborated.
During the UAE’s 47th National Day celebrations held in Suva this week, Ambassador Alsuwaidi pledged UAE’s strengthened support and collaboration to maximise opportunities for trade and investment development for Fiji.