9 Jul 2007

Former Fiji finance minister appointed ambassador designate to China

9:22 am on 9 July 2007

The former Fiji finance minister and multi-millionaire business tycoon, Sir James Ah Koy, has been appointed the ambassador designate to China.

Sir James says the offer of the position had been there for some time and he has decided to accept it.

The Sunday Post quotes him as saying he is looking forward to the task and believes he can make a difference.

Sir James says the interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama's Look North Policy will help Fiji and should be supported by everyone.

The Chinese government has only to approve Sir James' appointment before he takes up office.

Fiji's interim administration is recalling a number of its top diplomats including the ambassador to China, Col Jeremaia Waqanisau, and those from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

The commander of the military's Land Forces, Col Pita Driti, has been named high commissioner designate to Malaysia.