HISTORIC VISIT TO SF BLACK CHAMBER BY PRIME MINISTER
Contact: San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (SFAACC)
The newly elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Commodore Vorege Bainimarama, became the first known Head of State to visit an African American or Black Chamber of Commerce. There are over 140 Black Chambers in 42 States, according to the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
In an expression of good will and a desire to do business with the African American community and the State of California, the Prime Minister expressed his pleasure in coming to such a dynamic City as San Francisco and to know of jazz in the Fillmore District. Bainimarama had served 8 years as Prime Minister and now newly elected, is being hailed throughout the world as the Chief Executive to bring Fiji to new heights. Fiji, located at the southern tip of the islands known as Paradise starting with Hawaii and spanning 3,000 miles, traditionally has been the most economically viable nation among the islands in the South Pacific.
In a private dinner, hosted by the Chamber, at San Francisco’s famous Black owned Yoshi’s Jazz Club and Entertainment Center, the largest Jazz venue in the Western US, the Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the Chamber bringing a Trade Mission to his Country in 2012. He also spoke of the beauty and warmth of the Fijians and that Fiji stands ready to do business. 50% of the Fijian population is of the African Diaspora.
San Francisco Supervisor London Breed officially welcomed the Prime Minister to the City. Fred Jordan, Chamber President, praised the Prime Minister for recognizing that African Americans have great expertise to offer his Country and are the leaders of some of the largest corporations in the World. “The trade and business between African Americans (separate $1 trillion GDP) and Fiji can become most significant as we continue our friendship,” concluded Jordan