The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation co-ordinates Fiji’s foreign policy objectives and relationships with the rest of the international community. The broader objectives of Fiji’s foreign policy include projecting the country’s image overseas, strengthening and developing existing bilateral relationships and developing relationships in the wider Pacific Rim; and playing an active part in the peaceful resolution of conflict via its membership of the United Nations. Fiji currently has specific foreign policy aims such as attracting foreign investment for joint ventures, expanding its tourism sector and attracting skilled personnel to the country.
There are many diplomatic missions to Fiji, which are predominantly found in Suva (Fiji’s capital) or accredited to embassies based in Wellington (New Zealand) and Canberra (Australia). Suva hosts over 20 embassies, while there is a similar number accredited in Canberra and around 10 accredited in Wellington. Fiji is also host to around 15 honorary consuls, which are people of note that perform the duties of a consul, representing the business interests of their home country and assisting citizens in consular matters.
Fiji maintains a web of embassies, consulates and trade offices around the world, many of which are based in the countries of the Pacific Rim. In 2011, Fiji had around 10 embassies and just over 10 honorary consuls and trade offices globally; however, Fiji currently has formal diplomatic relations with about 70 nations. These consuls are responsible to the Fijian Consulate General, which is based in Sydney. This network provides information on consular matters and assists with documentation and travel advice.
Fiji has a Roving Ambassador/High Commissioner based in Suva, who is represents Fiji in 11 other island states in the Pacific, such as the Cook Islands, Palau and Tonga. The Roving Ambassador/High Commissioner is also the Special Envoy to the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP). The Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations registers Fiji’s presence in the international community.