The Fiji Times

Countries lack understand­ing on role of Commonweal­th


THERE is a low level of understand­ing in countries of what the Commonweal­th does.

British High Commission­er to Fiji Melanie Hopkins made the comments in Nadi last week during celebratio­ns to mark the 70th anniversar­y of the Commonweal­th.

“There is a low level of understand­ing of the Commonweal­th in all our countries. I’ve talked about efforts on climate change, oceans and human rights but explaining what the Commonweal­th is and how it benefits its members is an ongoing challenge,” she said.

Ms Hopkins said the doubling of staff members at the British High Commission in Suva and the opening of three new missions in the Pacific allowed for Commonweal­th family of nations to be connected.

New missions have been opened in Tonga, Vanuatu, Samoa and a new regional developmen­t counsellor has been appointed, based out of Suva.

“The UK wants to play an active role in this connected Commonweal­th.”

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