Indo-Fijian is new diplomatic envoy
Amraiya Naidu has been appointed the next high commissioner to Australia.india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 14:46 IST
Indo-Fijian Amraiya Naidu has been appointed as Fiji's next high commissioner to Australia.
Announcing this, Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said that Naidu's appointment was reflective of his contribution to the Fiji public service, according to a report in the Fji Times newspaper.
Naidu is a senior diplomat and has been serving as ambassador at large in the Prime Minister's Office. He was earlier posted in New York where he served as Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations for more than three years.
Naidu spent most of his career with the Ministry of Education before becoming permanent secretary.
The report quoted the Prime Minister's Office as saying that Naidu's appointment as permanent representative to Australia showed how the Fiji government held its relationship with Australia in high regard. Australia has always been a major export market for Fiji and gives a lot of bilateral assistance to Fiji.
Indo-Fijians comprise about 43 per cent of Fiji's population of over 890,000.