“Fiji and India share deep and enduring ties”

On his nation’s 50th year of independence H.E. Mr. Yogesh Punja, High Commissioner of Fiji to India, spoke to India Empire magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty on issues ranging from bilateral ties to the Indian diaspora, from diplomatic grouping in the southern Pacific to tourism opportunities ...

The Hindi language is another important link between the two nations. It is an official language in Fiji. How are you promoting this Hindi connection in India?

Hindi language is the third widely spoken language in Fiji after English and the i-taukei language (indigenous). Fiji has published its Constitution in Hindi as well.

High Commission of the Republic of Fiji has established a Hindi newsletter titled “Fiji Sandesh” which is produced on a quarterly basis in Hindi. News of common interests (India and Fiji) are published in this newsletter and circulated widely in India to organizations and individuals.

The first-ever Regional Hindi Conference was held at Suva on 25 January 2020 in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, Government of Fiji. The Conference was attended by Fijian, Indian as well as regional Hindi experts. The Conference also, for the first time in Fiji, attracted the largest ever gathering of Hindi teachers in Fiji. The next World Hindi Conference is also proposed to be held in Fiji in 2021.

What are the major fields of ongoing cooperation between the two nations?

Cooperation are in the fields of Defense, Education/ Training, Energy, Trade, Socio- Economic Development, Air Service, Sports, Defense, Agriculture, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Health, Communication/Media, Information Technology, Natural Disaster, Environment, Law & Justice, Tourism, Culture/ Heritage/ Art, Youth Development and Renewable Energy.