Republic of Fiji
Brazil has established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Fiji on February 16, 2006. Fiji announced in July 2008 its decision to establish a resident embassy in Brasilia and, by its turn, the Brazilian government decreed on June 2010 that the embassy in Canberra would accumulate the responsibility of representing Brazil before the Fijian government.
In September 2011, the interim Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited Brasília to inaugurate the first Fijian diplomatic mission in Latin America. The establishment of the resident embassy in Brasilia has been pointed as proof of the desire of the Fijian government to strengthen its bilateral ties with Brazil. The first Fijian ambassador in Brazil, Mr Cama Tuiloma, delivered his credentials to President Dilma Rousseff in February 2012. In June 2012 the interim Prime Minister visited Brazil once again, to represent his country in the Rio+20 Conference.
In November 2013, Brazil and Fiji signed their first bilateral agreement, the "Agreement for Technical Cooperation". Fiji is interested in technical cooperation on fisheries, production of sugar and ethanol, and the Fijian authorities believe that Brazil can be an important partner in an overall modernization of their agricultural industries, in order to improve their sustainability and their capacity to meet the demands of the Fijian market and to increase their exports.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
2005 – First visit of a Brazilian official envoy to Fiji
2006 – Establishment of diplomatic relations
2011 – Inauguration of the embassy of Fiji in Brasilia and first visit of a Fijian head of government to Brazil
2012 – Second visit of interim Prime-Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to Brazil, during Rio+20
2013 – Signing of the Agreement on Technical Cooperation
2014 – Signing of the Agreement on Political Consultations