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PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has expressed confidence that friendly relations between Fiji and the People’s Republic of China will continue to reach new heights.

In a congratulatory message to his Chinese counterpart, Premier, Mr Li Keqiang, on the occasion of the 64th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the head of the Fijian Government said, “I am confident that the friendly relations between our two great countries will continue to prosper and elevated into greater heights in the coming years.”

Prime Minister Bainimarama assured Premier Keqiang of Fiji’s commitment to grow relations between the two nations.

“I wish Your Excellency good health, your great country and its people prosperity and happiness”, the Prime Minister said in his message.

The Chinese Embassy hosted a reception last night which was attended by His Excellency, the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the first lady, Adi Koila Nailatikau as well as Cabinet Ministers.

China’s Ambassador to Fiji, Mr Huang Yong said China considers Fiji as an equal partner and equal member of the world community.

“The China-Fiji relationship embodies the very essence of China’s major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” he said.

He said China-Fiji relations have reached new heights and continues to provide tangible result.

Mr Yong said one such case was the bilateral trade between the two nations which in the first half of 2013 reached US$125million (FJD$232.6m), an increase by 26.5 per cent when compared to last year.

“Exchanges and cooperation between the two countries are not only broad and comprehensive but also bring tangible benefits to the two peoples,” the Ambassador said.

“We support the government and people of Fiji in choosing their own development path in line with their own national conditions.”



Fijian Prime Minister Meets Fijian Community in Beijing, China

Remarks by the PM Bainimarama at his meeting with H.E. Mr Li Keqiang – Premier of PRC

Excellency, Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s of the Republic of China

Ni Sa BulaVinaka! Nihao! and Warm Greetings Your Excellency!

It is indeed my privilege to convey my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the invitation extended to visit this great land of the People’s Republic of China. The courtesies that we have been accorded thus far had been splendid and greatly appreciated.

As I had conveyed to His Excellency President Xi Jinping this morning, I am delighted and humbled to learn that I am the First Pacific Island Leader to be granted this honour to set foot on your great country in the recent accessions to the helms of leadership of this great nation. Allow me to personally congratulate Your Excellency on behalf of my Government and the people of the Republic of Fiji to your new leadership role.

I am confident that with your astounding leadership, the People’s Republic of China will rise to greater heights and further strengthen the relationship between our two countries and our peoples.

I also would like to acknowledge the political mutual trust between our two countries which is further manifested in our respect for each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference in internal affairs.

Excellency, I wish to reaffirm that China is indeed an integral component of Fiji’s “Look North Policy”. My visit today is to show Fiji’s commitment in reaffirming our Look North Policy to now FOCUSING and ENGAGING with PRC.

Moreover, I wish to reiterate our continued support for the “One China Policy” and recognise the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government and Sovereign State of China, with Taiwan Province, an inalienable part of its territory.

Excellency, my Government looks forward to China’s continued support for Fiji’s open and transparent process towards democratic elections in 2014. I would like to reassure you that Fiji is committed to the realisation of its vision of “A Better Fiji for All” through the implementation of Fiji’s Roadmap.

As I speak, my Government is well on its way to completing the required consultations that will see the formulation of a new Constitution which will harness the voices and heartfelt desires of our people. The Constitution will be the culmination of my Government’s reform agenda and consequently pave the way to improved socio-economic development for Fiji.

Excellency, please allow me to thank your Government for its unyielding support and contribution towards Fiji’s socio-economic development. In the recent past, China has played a pivotal role in the completion of major development projects for Fiji, and these include amongst others, the assistance provided to our cane farmers, the fencing of the Presidential residence, the Navuso and Naqali bridges providing better transport access into our rural farming communities and the multi-purpose fishing vessel which further uplifts the fisheries sector and services of our maritime communities.

Excellency, I would like to mention your Government’s generous contribution of the heavy machinery and equipment that are now used by our Military engineers for rural development works. In addition, the donation of the 20 luxury left-hand drive vehicles was timely as it eased operations, leading to the successful hosting of the recent “Group of 77 High Level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South.”

Your Excellency, my Government also looks forward to your continued commitment towards the completion of current projects, namely, the new Navua Hospital, the Somosomo Mini Hydro Power Station, the Vanua Levu Rice Industry Development Project, and the six (6) Rural Sports complexes. I note that a few of these are at the initial stages and I look forward to the undertaking of the necessary work to progress these further. I urge Your Excellency to hasten the process relating to the sports complexes as we have already identified three (3) sites namely Rakiraki, Vunidawa and Seaqaqa in the two (2) main islands of Fiji.

Furthermore, I would like to briefly discuss two projects of interest. The first is the Fiji Public Rental Housing Project for low cost housing which was contracted to the China Railway Company Number 1 at a cost of FJ$9 million but now halted due to cost over runs to the tune of FJ$20 million. In order for the project to be completed, my Government anticipates the usual support by your Government and may I urge Your Excellency for your kind consideration to settle the balance or convert the total amount into a grant.  This would ensure the completion of the project and guarantee access to affordable housing for Fijians in the lower-income bracket.

Second is the Legalega mushroom project. May I inform Your Excellency that this project was brought to Fiji by H.E President Jinping when he was Vice President. The project is worth FJ$14 million and is earmarked for the western part of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. I acknowledge the feasibility study that was undertaken by your Government and we anticipate a positive feedback on this.

Excellency, China is a friend to Fiji and the Pacific, and has been instrumental in facilitating the solidarity of the region. For Fiji, China’s support has been significantly evident in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) for which I am Chair. With your significant level of support, the peculiarities and the special case for Pacific Islands and small island states are continually advocated in international fora.

To that effect, Fiji in recognition of the challenges being faced by the Region, has been strong in engaging with its Pacific Island neighbours. As a successor to the “Engaging With the Pacific Meeting” (EWTP) in 2012, Pacific Island Leaders agreed to the establishment of the Pacific Islands Development (PIDF). The PIDF will bring together the private sector, governmental institutions and civil society leaders to secure concrete commitments and mobilise action through a green economy.

Excellency, my Government is keen to see China as a strategic development partner in support of this bold initiative that will see the autonomy of the Pacific Island region in mapping its own development pathway. Your Government’s support in the establishment of the PIDF Secretariat will be truly appreciated in this regard.

Excellency, my Government is hopeful that other areas of cooperation will also be enhanced and these include but are not limited to climate change, tourism, cultural engagements, technological transfer, capacity development and renewable energy initiatives.

Excellency, in the commercial sector, an enabling environment has been provided to encourage Chinese businessmen to invest in Fiji.  This has seen a positive growth over the years and has considerably contributed to the Fijian economy. While this has been a welcoming prospect, my Government and the people of Fiji would like to see that all relevant laws and policies are complied with by current and potential investors.

I now take this opportunity to convey to you the well wishes of my Government and my people, for success and good health in your esteemed Premiership and also for China’s continued prosperity.

VinakaVakalevu and Xiexie

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Addresses International Trade Fair In Beijing, China

PM Bainimarama’s Speech at the Opening of the China Beijing International Fair in the Trade in Services

Bula Vinaka. A very good morning and Ni hao.

On behalf of the Fijian people and Government, I would like to thank the People’s Republic of China for their kind invitation for Fiji to be part of the official opening ceremony of the “China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services.” This is the first comprehensive platform specializing in the trade in services around the world, and it is indeed a great pleasure to be here.

Honorable Chair, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the Fiji–China friendship has strengthened considerably since we first established diplomatic relations in 1975. The relationship has broadened to encompass a wide range of interests, including agriculture, trade, higher education, telecommunications and tourism.

Together, our two countries continue to discover new areas of partnership and common interest.

Together, Fiji and China are expanding trade in services – a critical sector of economic growth where we – as with all developing nations  – are exploring exciting new opportunities.

China’s experience in using its service industry to advance development and restructure its economy is a great example, especially for its role in the continuing improvement of the quality of life of both urban and rural Chinese.

Honorable Chair, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as the chair of the Group of 77 plus China – the largest negotiating bloc at the United Nations – Fiji is committed to advancing the interests of the developing world.

A top priority must be to help grow the contribution service industries make to the national economies of developing nations.

For Fiji, the services sector has been vital in spurring economic growth and creating jobs. Thanks to a thriving tourism industry and significant developments in the ICT sector, services now contribute close to 70 per cent of Fiji’s GDP – up from 64 per cent a decade ago. Around 90,000 Fijians – more than a quarter of our workforce –  rely on this sector for employment.

But on average, in developing nations, services account for a little more than half of gross domestic product.

Collectively, for developing nations, there is still much progress to be made in the services sector.

Today, the South makes up only 30 per cent of the 4.4 trillion dollars worth of annual service exports.

However, in the developed world, services contribute on average 74 per cent to national GDP. We need to close that gap.

Although resources and manufacturing will continue to play an important role in our economies, the service industries are where the most future growth will come for the developing world, and with this growth, a huge potential for improving the lives of our peoples.

This forum which promotes new networks and partnerships for the advancement of the services sector – especially amongst developing nations –is of great importance to the Government and people of Fiji.

Once again, I thank our hosts for inviting Fiji to take part in this event.

On that note Honorable Chair, Excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I wish the hosts and participants of the China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services all success.

Vinaka vakalevu. Thank you and Xiexie.

Bainimarama Visit to China Underlines Fiji’s Regional Leadership

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visit to meet with China’s top leaders this week highlights the strengthening of the already close relationship between the two countries and recognises the rising importance of Fiji as a regional leader in the Pacific.

The Prime Minister leaves for Beijing tomorrow and is scheduled to hold meetings on Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

The visit to Beijing – at the invitation of the Chinese leadership – precedes a state visit to Moscow next month for a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

These meetings, along with Fiji’s current leadership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the G-77 and the International Sugar Organisation, underline Fiji’s robust foreign policy, aligned with other Pacific island nations, focusing on new opportunities beyond its traditional regional partners.

The Prime Minister returns to Fiji on Friday to chair a meeting of the International Sugar Organisation next week in Nadi.