Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics of Fiji, H.E. Mr. Biman Chand Prasad, is paying a visit to India from 05-10 February 2023. This is the first high-level visit from Fiji following the formation of the new Government under Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Sitiveni Rabuka in December 2022.
In Delhi, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Prasad on 8 February 2023. The two Ministers reiterated the close connection that exists between the peoples of the two countries. They discussed various facets of cooperation and development partnership between India and Fiji, including health, education and people-to-people ties.
Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs, Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh hosted a lunch in honour of Deputy Prime Minister Prasad.
In Bengaluru, Deputy Prime Minister Prasad attended the first India Energy Week (IEW) 2023.
India-Fiji relations are based on mutual respect, cooperation and strong cultural and people-to-people ties.
The visit of Deputy Prime Minister Prasad comes a few days before the 12th World Hindi Conference which will be jointly hosted by India and Fiji in Nadi, Fiji, from 15-17 February 2023.
The first high-level visit from Fiji since the change of government in December 2022 is expected to further strengthen and deepen the long-standing relationship between India and Fiji.