Posts tagged Ba

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama visits Territorial Forces in Ba

Speech at the Signing of the Memorandum Of Understanding between the Ba Chamber of Commerce and the Fijian Government Regarding the Construction of New Ba Hospital

Bula Vinaka and good afternoon.

It’s a great pleasure to be here to celebrate the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding, sealing the public-private partnership for the construction of a brand-new hospital for Fijians living in and around Ba.

Today, with this MOU, Government has joined forces with the Ba Chamber of Commerce, marking the first step of an ambitious capital project that has the potential to benefit close to 90,000 people.

I would like to thank the Ba Chamber of Commerce for their leadership and initiative. It is thanks in large part to their hard work and bold vision that we are here today.

I often discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in delivering quality, efficiency and transparency to the Fijian people and today’s MOU is a perfect example of this.

The Ba Chamber of Commerce has provided a detailed plan for the different phases of construction and will play a key role in partnering with Government to ensure the successful completion of this project by providing their project management skills.

They have undertaken to line up the architects and engineers, negotiate with contractors in a competitive bidding process, and source as many Fijian-made materials and materials not available locally at competitive and preferably discounted pricing!!! As Project Managers, they will offer a top level of expertise in overseeing the project from beginning to end, increasing efficiency, saving costs and delivering a superior facility to the people of Ba.

Ba is leading the way for other Chambers of Commerce and non-governmental organisations. My Government is always looking for opportunities to form productive partnerships with communities and NGOs to improve the lives of all Fijians. Today’s MOU has provided an example for such co-operation, which we hope others will follow.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Under Fiji’s new Constitution, every Fijian has the right to health. This means that any Government must do all within its available resources to provide health care services and health care facilities that promote and protect good health.

The new Ba Hospital will be such a facility and it’s long overdue. You all know the state of the old hospital. It’s 87 years-old and shows the signs of its age. The building is run down and at this point beyond repair. We’re not interested in any more Band-Aid solutions. It’s time for us to move forward with the new project.

Construction of the new hospital will be completed in stages, with a total project cost of more than $23 million. Government will fund the first phase of construction with an allocation of $7.3 million in 2014.

Working with the Ba Chamber of Commerce, we hope to have all the plans finalised in the next couple of months for construction to begin in January next year. I have informed the Government officials to fast track this process.

Today’s MOU signing marks the first of what will be many milestones to look forward to for this project.

With those few words, ladies and gentlemen, I wish this project all success and speedy completion.

Vinaka Vakalevu. Thank you.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Opens New Chilling Centre at Southern Cross Foods, Ba.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Opens New Telecentre in Ba

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at the Opening of New Telecentre at Ba Methodist School

Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

It’s a great pleasure to be in the West today as we open yet another of the Government’s Telecentres at Ba Methodist High School. Vinaka vakalevu for your warm welcome.

Yesterday, we all shared the excitement of the arrival of the first Fiji Airways Airbus A330. These are the planes that will take Fijians to the world and bring the world to Fiji.

But what I find equally exciting is that you don’t have to travel at all these days to be connected to the world.

You can be connected right here on a computer via the Internet.  And you can broaden your horizons without leaving Ba at all.

I’m personally very proud of these Telecentres. They are a key element of my Government’s promise to provide a world of difference for ordinary Fijians. Why? Because we are providing free access for the first time to one of the great advances of the modern age.

It wasn’t long ago that computers and the Internet were only for wealthier people in our town and cities. The opportunity to benefit from the information revolution was for them, not for ordinary people.

Not anymore. My Government is bridging that divide – the digital divide. More Fijians now have access to the Internet than ever before. And every time I open another one of these facilities, hundreds more Fijians join that revolution.

As I keep saying wherever I go, I owe it to you as your Prime Minister to not only promise better services – as previously leaders did – but to provide them.

As a government, we deliver. We empower ordinary Fijians. We give you the basic things you need to improve your lives and the lives of your families.

This includes better roads, better access to electricity and water and better access to telecommunications, which is why we are all here today.

My Government has brought about a telecommunications revolution in Fiji. We liberalised the Industry and introduced genuine competition for the first time.

That is why so many Fijians now enjoy the convenience of mobile telephones and cheaper calls. And we want that revolution to continue.

Today, we’re celebrating another important step forward. We’re giving ordinary Fijians in Ba access to all aspects of the telecommunications revolution that is transforming people’s lives the world over.

From today, this Centre will provide free internet and data access for hundreds of people in the surrounding area.

It will be used by schoolchildren during school hours and by the rest of the community after hours and on weekends.

To our schoolchildren here today, I say:

Make the most of this opportunity to gain knowledge and broaden your horizons. You can immediately be part of a bigger world, a world of knowledge and of contact with people in other places.

To your Parents, I say: Encourage your children to be part of that wider world. And use this place for your own benefit. You are never too old to learn.

To Teachers:

This radically increases the number of teaching tools at your disposal. Use them to prepare our children for a life that is only as limited as their imagination.

To all of you:

This Centre will become a game changer in your daily lives. You can come here to type your CV or a letter. You can scan any document, save it on a computer and send it over the Internet without having to go to town to photocopy it. You can also get photocopies and documents printed here.

And you can get instant access – through web chat services such as Skype – to your loved ones in Fiji and overseas.

Imagine how much this means to Fijians with family members spread out all over the world.

There is someone here to help you so please don’t worry if it all sounds too hard. Like anything new, you will get used to it.

Before we started this program, Fiji lagged behind the rest of the world in accessing the latest telecommunications technology.

By the end of this year, 60-thousand more Fijians – including five thousand students – will have access to the Internet at more than 20 community Telecentres all over Fiji.

My Government is connecting Fijians to the world as part of its commitment to deliver services to ordinary people everywhere in Fiji.

They are no longer isolated, no longer starved of information. They are now empowered.

I now have the greatest pleasure in declaring the Ba Methodist High School Telecentre open.