Fiji established its diplomatic mission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 26, 2016. Known as the political capital of Africa largely due to the location of the African Union headquarters, Addis Ababa is also the location for the UN Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA). Previously, Fiji's diplomatic mission had been based in Pretoria, South Africa from 2011 to 2015. The relocation is strategically geared towards growing Fiji's footprint in the region and given the fact that the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters is located in neighbouring Kenya, the move has been a moot factor considering that climate change is a major agenda on Fiji's foreign policy.
Fiji's interests in Ethiopia are in the areas of agriculture, education, sports, tourism, and people to people ties. Meanwhile, Ethiopia and Fiji have both ratified the global climate pacts and are partners in implementing agreements on climate change.
Apart from Ethiopia, the Fiji embassy in Addis Ababa is also currently accredited to the following countries and regional/international organisations: Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, African Union [AU] and UNEP.