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Ambassador Thompson meets President Obama, May 25, 2009

Fiji's new Ambassador to the United States of America His Excellency Mr. Winston Thompson presented his credentials to President Obama at the Oval Office the White House. Ambassador Thompson was accompanied by Mrs. Queenie Thompson and their four children. In his prepared remarks delivered to President Obama during the Credentialing Ceremony Ambassador Thompson congratulated President Obama on his historical election: 

 "The Government and the People of Fiji would also like to acknowledge Your Excellency's historical election to the high office of President. Your ascendancy has given the People of the Fiji Islands great optimism that a new dawn has arrived in the history of US-Fiji relations.".

For further details about the EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE FIJI ISLANDS in the United States, please visit their website at:   www.fijiembassydc.com 

Project Bula !TM team visits Ambassador Thompson
  29th July 2009

On 29th July, the Project Bula ! Board and team formally presented the Project Plan for the Nadroga Navosa school to the  Fijian Ambassador, Mr. Winston Thompson.

Ambassador Thompson and the Project Bula !TM team reviewed the plan, and established next steps to ensure that the Ministry of Education would be formally involved with the project as it developed. The Ambassador noted that our project is seen as a very positive endeavour for the rural children of Fiji, and is regarded as a positive affirmation of the Ministry's goals.  

The Project Plan is currently under review with the Government of Fiji through the Ambassador, in particular the Ministry of Education. 




Fiji Announces Foreign Investment Initiatives
As part of the initiative to assist Fiji's balance of payments, the Interim Prime Minister and Minister for Finance announced the opening of Foreign Currency Accounts Scheme in Fiji for non-residents. This new initiative by the Government of Fiji will be effective from 1 January 2009. 

The Scheme offers tax-exemption on interest earned on term deposits held with local banks and deposit taking institutions. The Scheme is expected not only to benefit participants but also the country in terms of the expected foreign exchange that would be brought in.

2009 The Educational Foundation for the Children of FijiTM