Enhancing individual staff capacities and competencies through language and cultural diplomacy is a fundamental platform to further augmenting the deployment of Fiji’s foreign services. This is evident through a recent cooperation between Fiji and France that culminated into a French Language training cohort currently undertaken by staff of Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

This initiative is organised in recognition of the Ministry’s important role as Fiji’s window to the world, in advancing Fiji’s interests through deepened engagements as well as inculcating greater understanding and appreciation of cultural exchanges.

The 12 weeks training facilitated by the French Embassy in Fiji will enable 11 participants to develop French basic conversational skills. This will not only enhance Fiji’s relations with more French speaking countries and territories but also enable the participants to excel in their diplomatic aspirations.

The training cohort for MFA is in a way an expansion of the existing French Education Program coordinated with the Fiji Ministry of Education. The program empowers the Fijian students in developing French language skills, thereby unlocking career opportunities for them in the global arena and in sports diplomacy with France being the professional rugby destination for Fijian players.

French Ambassador to Fiji, H.E Jean-François Fitou said the timely facilitation and convening of this training marks another milestone achievement in broadening Fiji and France cooperation. It also signifies the great friendship and longstanding collaboration between Fiji-France, since the establishment of the two countries diplomatic relations in 1970.

He said such trainings promote cultural diversity and it’s a gateway to boost socioeconomic engagements between Fiji and France. The French Embassy in Fiji is also determined to formalise its bilateral engagements with Fiji through signing of a partnership agreement.

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