I will visit Fiji from 3 to 5 June, my first overseas visit since the re-election of the Morrison Government, demonstrating the continued depth of our commitment to our Pacific partners.
During my visit I will meet with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama; my counterpart Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu; and senior Ministers to discuss deepening our security, economic and people-to-people links.
As part of my new role as Minister for Women, advancing gender equality and women’s rights is a priority and I look forward to engaging with women’s groups during my visit.
During his historic visit in January, Prime Minister Morrison and Fiji Prime Minister Bainimarama agreed to take our partnership with Fiji to a new level through the ‘Fiji-Australia Vuvale Partnership’.
My visit is an opportunity to further progress this partnership and our initiatives under Australia’s Pacific Step Up.
I will also have the opportunity to visit the Blackrock Camp. Australia and Fiji are working together to redevelop this facility into a world-class regional hub for peacekeeping training and pre-deployment preparation.
In April Fiji joined the Pacific Labour Scheme, and I look forward to discussing how we can maximise mutual benefits from Fiji’s participation in this initiative.