Prime Minister Bainimarama’s Remarks at G77 Welcoming Reception

Bula vinaka and a very good evening to you all.

On behalf of the Government and people of Fiji, I want to again welcome you to our shores and to say what an honour it is for us to have you here. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful setting and the balmy weather, however short your stay with us may be.

I want to thank our international visitors, in particular, for taking the time to be with us in Fiji.

Your presence at this gathering is a testament to your commitment to the vision and objectives of the Group of 77. We are all working to advance our common objective to further advance our Development Platform Agenda and engage fully in the global economy.

As Chair of the G77, I have deeply appreciated the support that Fiji has received from members of the Group. This has been exemplified by the discussions we have had today, which have been marked by constructive, interactive dialogue in a spirit of frank and friendly cooperation.

I am confident that the outcome of our deliberations will be to pursue fresh and creative approaches to address the challenges we all face as developing countries.

These challenges require us to work together in a concerted manner rather than work in isolation. I believe that it is only through collaboration and cooperation that we can realise our collective vision for the G77, which is to use our unity and strength for the benefit of all our peoples.

This evening, we come together to celebrate that unity in a spirit of solidarity and friendship. Thank you all for being here and I hope you all enjoy our Fijian hospitality.

Vinaka vakalevu.