1 Dec 2012

Sugar organisation appoints Bainimarama as chair

9:36 am on 1 December 2012

Interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama of Fiji has been unanimously elected chairman of the International Sugar Organisation at a meeting in London.

A government statement says Commodore Bainimarama, who also heads the Sugar Ministry accepted the chairmanship in London where he is attending the Organisation's 21st seminar.

In his acceptance speech, the Commodore highlighted how recent reforms implemented by his government had salvaged one of Fiji's most crucial industries.

He also conveyed Fiji's commitment to hosting the organisation's next meeting in 2013.

Earlier this week, Britain's Trade Union Congress said the ISO must be staggeringly naive or grossly irresponsible to consider making a military dictator its chairman.