PRIME MINISTER TO OPEN GLOBAL MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON SUGAR

PM Bainimarama sugar conferenceThe Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, will open the 13th African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Sugar Ministerial meeting in Sigatoka on Monday.

The meeting will be attended by ministers and senior officials from the ACP group of countries, who are keen to maintain their preferential access to the European Union and an extension of the EU’s present quota system.

On the European side, the talks will be led by the most senior EU official to visit Fiji for seven years – its Deputy Director General, Development Cooperation, Marcus Cornaro.

Mr Cornaro will be giving the keynote address at the conference after it is opened on Monday by the Prime Minister, who also holds the sugar portfolio.

Next Thursday, both Mr Cornaro and Commodore Bainimarama will be at the opening of the Sugar Research Institute in Lautoka, which is introducing new technology for the Fijian industry and new strains of cane.