Fiji. The stabilized political situation and the return to a democratic governance after the last state coup in 2006 resulted, among other things, in the normalization of the Fiji-EU relationship. In June, the parties signed an agreement to provide Fiji with extensive support for the development of the agricultural sector and the judicial system. In addition, the number of tourists hit a record during the year. It is mainly people from Australia and New Zealand who travel to Fiji, but the industry is aiming to attract more people from Asia, not least from China, a country visited by Prime Minister Voreqe (“Frank”) Bainimarama in July. He then met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In April, a Chinese mining company was authorized to open a third bauxite mine in the country.
According to COUNTRYAAH, Suva is the capital of Fiji which is located in Melanesia. One of the country’s heaviest politicians, Mahendra Chaudhry, retired during the year after 23 years as leader of Fiji’s workers’ party (FLP). Chaudhry was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, but in the 2014 elections, the FLP became completely without a mandate in Parliament. Also in the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) there was a shift on the party leader post. The newly elected leader Ratu Naiqama was suspended from parliament in May for two years after he insulted the Speaker of Parliament at a meeting. However, he was allowed to return to his place after apologizing in writing.
In October, Parliament elected former Major General and diplomat Jioji Konrote as new president. At the time, Konrote was Minister responsible for, among other things, the labor market. He took office in November. In a speech in Australia in October, Prime Minister Bainimarama apologized to exile Fijians for the coups of 1987 and 2000 that caused many of the country’s residents to flee abroad. Bainimarama invited the fugitives to return to Fiji. However, he did not apologize for the military coups he conducted himself. During the year, the western and northern parts of the kingdom were plagued by drought that affected at least 50,000 people.