Minister for Foreign Affairs (Fiji)

Summary

The Minister for Foreign Affairs (commonly known as the Foreign Minister) is a cabinet minister responsible for foreign relations and diplomacy of Fiji, and oversees its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Especially since two military coups in 1987 harmed Fiji's relationship with other countries, with two more coups in 2000 and 2006 respectively, the Foreign Minister's position has been a very important one.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Fiji
Frank Bainimarama November 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Frank Bainimarama

since 16 April 2020
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
StatusForeign minister
Member ofCabinet of Fiji
SeatGovernment Buildings
NominatorPrime Minister of Fiji
AppointerPresident of Fiji
Term lengthNo term limit
Inaugural holderKamisese Mara
Formation10 October 1970; 51 years ago (1970-10-10)
SalaryFJ$130,000 annually[1]
Websitewww.foreignaffairs.gov.fj

Description of the officeEdit

Like other ministers, the Foreign Minister is formally appointed by the President on the nomination of the Prime Minister, and is responsible to both the Prime Minister and the Parliament. The position may be held independently, or in conjunction with other ministerial responsibilities. From time to time, the Prime Minister has simultaneously served as Foreign Minister.

Along with all ministers, the Foreign Minister is constitutionally required to be a member of the Parliament.

Colour keyEdit

Political parties
Other factions

List of ministersEdit

The following is a list of foreign ministers of Fiji since the country gained independence in 1970:[2][3]

No. Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Tenure
1 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1970–1982
2 Mosese Qionibaravi
(1938–1987)
  1982–1983
3 Jonati Mavoa
(1922–1985)
  1983–1985
4 Semesa Sikivou
(1917–1990)
  1985–1986
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1986–1987
5 Krishna Datt
(b. 1944)
  1987
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1987
6 Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1987–1988
(1) Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
(1920–2004)
  1988–1992
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1992–1994
7 Major-General (Rtd)
Sitiveni Rabuka
(b. 1948)
  1994
(6) Filipe Bole
(1936–2019)
  1994–1997
8 Berenado Vunibobo
(1932–2015)
  1997–1999
9 Tupeni Baba   1999–2000
10 Kaliopate Tavola
(b. 1946)
  2000–2006
Isikeli Mataitoga
Acting Minister
  2006–2007
11 Brigadier-General (Rtd)
Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
(b. 1941)
  2007–2008
12 Commodore
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
  2008–2009
(12) 2009
13 Ratu Inoke Kubuabola
(b. 1948)
  2009–2016
(13)
(12) Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
  2016–2019
14 Inia Seruiratu   2019–2020
(12) Rear Admiral (Rtd)
Frank Bainimarama
(b. 1954)
  2020–present

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Government of Fiji Gazette (3 October 2014). "PARLIAMENTARY REMUNERATIONS DECREE 2014 (DECREE NO. 29 OF 2014)" (PDF). www.parliament.gov.fj.
  2. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Foreign ministers E-K". rulers.org. B. Schemmel. Retrieved 12 March 2015.