The Fiji government has granted diplomatic recognition to the new Pacific Islands Development Forum, months after it held its inaugural meeting in Nadi.
FBC News says the government has given it diplomatic status as an international organisation under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act.
The organisation was formed after Fiji continued to be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum, with the foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola saying there was a need for a meeting without the influence of Australia and New Zealand.
The move ensures the new forum has the same diplomatic privileges as other organisations operating in Fiji, like the United Nations, the SPC and the Pacific Islands Forum.
FBC says work on the PIDF Secretariat building is well underway and is expected to be completed at the end of the year.