The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Hon. Premila Kumar has stated that there are a lot of things Fiji could learn from the State of Qatar.

Hon. Kumar, who was part of a Fiji Delegation that attended the 140th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and Related Meetings in Doha early this month, met with her counterpart, the State of Qatar’s Minister of Municipality and Environment, His Excellency Mr Abdulla bin Adbulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie.

In their meeting, the two Ministers deliberated on what Fiji and the State of Qatar had in common and how they could learn from each other.

“We had discussions on how we can enter into visa arrangements and opportunities for setting up businesses here in Fiji. We also discussed in great length, how Fiji could learn from the State of Qatar’s Municipal Councils, especially when it comes to knowledge sharing, innovative thinking and capacity building,” said the Minister.

Hon. Kumar added that the constructive collaboration between the two Ministers would further improve the bilateral relations between the two countries by encouraging trade and investment in Fiji, creating employment opportunities and improving the livelihoods of all Fijians.

The 140th IPU Assembly and Related Meetings is the Forum for Parliamentarians across the world to discuss and make a practical contribution to meet humanity for a world in which democracy, peace, stability and prosperity reign.

The Fijian Delegation was led by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.

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