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TEN MORE HOMES OPEN IN CYCLONE EVAN REHAB

9/9/2013

Ten more homes were opened in the Nadi district as rehabilitation works continue in the western division after Cyclone Evan.

Villagers and individuals whose homes were fully destroyed by the cyclone thanked government in assisting in rebuilding their lives.

“We are grateful to government as we did not expect to be given our new home after the cyclone took our home away in December,” said Tagi Moala a resident of Nadi who stepped into her new home after the last one was destroyed during Hurricane Evan.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister as he has treated everyone equally. Before it was those in urban areas that used to get the first priority but this government has shown that everyone is equal and has treated us equally.”

The homes were handed over to its owners by the District Officer Nadi, Peni Koro in the different areas of Nadi including those living in Nagado at the foot of the sleeping giant mountain.

“It’s been almost a year since the cyclone hit us but government is thankful for your understanding and patience,” he told the home owners.

“There have been a lot of damages in the whole of the western division and not Nadi alone and we are happy that some of you will now be able to benefit through government rehabilitation.”

Another resident Iosefo Nasaro could not hold back his emotions as he was handed the keys for his new home.

“I do not have words to thank this government for what it has done for me and my family. After we lost our home, we stayed with other villagers as we had nowhere to go,” Mr Nasaro said.

“My two children now have a home their can call their and I must thank the Prime Minister and his ministers for their assistance.”

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Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama Attends the Late Tui Ba’s Funeral. August 15th, 2013.

Prime Minister Bainimarama Congratulates Tuvaluan Counterpart

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has sent a congratulatory message to his newly elected Tuvaluan counterpart, Enele Sosene Sopoaga.

Mr Sopoaga was sworn in as Prime Minister last Monday, August 5, 2013.

Prime Minister Bainimarama assured Mr Sopoaga of the Fijian Government’s continued commitment and co-operation with Tuvalu.

“With your leadership and support, I sincerely believe we can build on existing partnerships and forge together the new and innovative directions visualized for our Pacific region,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

“You are assured of the continued commitment of my Government to the strengthening of warm and friendly relations that exist between our two Governments and people during your tenure and the years to
come.”

Fiji, which is by far Tuvalu’s largest source of imports, established diplomatic relations with the island nation in 1979.

Fijian Prime Minister Thanks Huawei for Dinner

PM Bainimarama Grants 12 Families New Homes

Twelve families of Ba and Lautoka were handed keys to their new homes by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today.

The homes were constructed by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and private contractors that cost more than $130,000.

The owners of these homes had lost everything during Tropical Cyclone Evan last year and they are either casual workers or retired Fijians.

In handing over the homes, the Prime Minister reiterated government’s commitment towards assisting those individuals and families get their lives to normalcy.

“Government is happy to assist you, however, you must continue to work hard in helping your families,” PM Bainimarama said.

“These homes are a small assistance from government to help in rebuilding lives after your hardships after the cyclone.”

Whole communities, which gathered to witness the handing over, were grateful to the Government in moving the country forward.

“We thank you Mr Prime Minister for your leadership in steering Fiji towards prosperity,” one said.

“We hope that your government continues to unite Fijians and improve living standards of all Fijians.”

The executive director of the Group of 77 (G77), Mr Mourad Ahmia also witnessed the events in the Western Division today.

PM Bainimarama Speaks at the Opening of the G77 Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South

Bula vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

1.  In my capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 (G77), it gives me great pleasure and honour to welcome each of you to thisbrainstorming session of the High-level Panel of Eminent Personalities of the South. We are meeting to discuss the Development Platform for the South.

2.  Allow me to convey to you, on behalf of the Government and the people of Fiji, our deep appreciation for taking the time out of your very busy schedules to join us in this important meeting here in the beautiful natural surroundings of Natadola.

3.  This demonstrates your keen interest and commitment to the promotion of South-South cooperation. I am confident that your wealth of experience and your wisdom will be of immense benefit to our meeting and to the South as a whole.

4.  This meeting aims to pursue the Group of 77’s South Summit mandates, in order to address the relevant development challenges of the South, taking into account the evolving realities and hardships facing the developing world. Through our discussions, we will reflect on the future landscape of South-South cooperation and recommend action-oriented decisions that will contribute significantly to the Development Platform for the South.

5.  As we prepare for the celebration of the Fiftieth anniversary of the Group’s creation next year, the Group of 77 must continue to take the lead in the transforming landscape of South-South cooperation by updating the South Development Platform. Our efforts should aim to enhance the solidarity of the Group of 77 in order to improve the development efforts of southern countries. We must work together to strengthen the role of the Group of 77 and reshape the architecture of the UN development system in support of our aims.

6.  We must also bolster our efforts to make the importance of South-South cooperation clear to our people. This means that we must promote wide public awareness campaigns about its benefits for the developing world through the full use of modern information technologies. Mass media, including social media, has an important role to play and we should encourage its use as widely as possible.

7.  Let me add that the outcome of our meeting this week will be included in the upcoming G77 Ministerial meeting to be held in New York in September and will be fully integrated in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, as well as the preparations of the Third South Summit in 2014.

8.  I wish you success in your deliberations.

Vinaka vakalevu. Thank you.

Tavua Families Thank Bainimarama Government for New Homes

Two families in Tavua today thanked the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and government after receiving the keys to their new homes.

Their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Evan in December last year and were rebuilt through government’s rehabilitation assistance programs.

Utam Singh and Sunil Kumar of Maqere, Tavua said they could not thank government enough for coming to their aid after losing their homes.

“I would like to thank Mr Bainimarama and government for building my home,” said Mr Kumar who resides with his wife and three children.

“I work as a labourer and I could not afford to rebuild my home after the cyclone as I don’t earn enough and I never thought government will help my family but I thank them for our new home.”

“I want this government to continue because they have done a lot for Fiji.”

Tavua’s Government District Officer Ravuama Nagatalevu said government was adamant that all those who were affected would have their lives restored to normalcy. He said that this included the need for ordinary Fijians to have access to basic housing after the hurricane.

PM Bainimarama’s Office Opens New Kindergarten in Tailevu

The Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister Office, Pio Tikoduadua has urged parents and guardians of Matacaucau village to be conscious of their children’s educational needs.

Opening a new kindergarten in Matacaucau in Tailevu which was funded by the PM’s Office at a cost of $9000 this week, PS Tikoduadua pointed out that government’s educational reforms is designed to assist all Fijians.

“Bainimarama government in its commitment to easing access to education and removing barriers to learning has made education affordable with the provision of free text books and bus fare assistance schemes,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

The permanent secretary also added that people must change their attitudes and mindset towards education.

“Investing in your children’s education will assist them in making sound decisions later in life and also become good citizens,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“Having an education not only means getting white collar jobs, there are also initiatives put in place by government to encourage young people to take up farming.”

While urging parents of the school and the vanua of Matacaucau to make good use of the new kindergarten, Mr Tikoduadua said “you must work together to increase the school roll in years to come”.

Commending the assistance by government, Matacaucau’s Turaga ni koro (village headman), Sakeasi Mateituka said that the villagers were thankful for the timely assistance provided.

“I wish to thank government for listening to our humble plea of assistance in the opening of a new kindergarten classroom block,” Mateituku said.

“I can also see the delight and excitement today in the faces of our children and I am sure that these new kindergarten will go a long way in assisting with their education.”

School teacher, Rafaela Aditamana shared similar sentiments and said that she was pleased with the assistance by government as this will mean having a new classroom for her pre-schoolers.

The kindergarten has a school roll of 19.

Fiji PM Bainimarama Calls for Developing Countries to be Given Increased Voice in Global Economic Governance

In his capacity as Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, today attended theSpecial High Level Meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

Together with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the meeting is centered on the theme “Coherence, Coordination and Cooperation in the Context of Financing for Development and the Post-2015 Development Agenda,”

With the attendance of Ministers of Finance, Development and Cooperation and Governors of Central Banks from around the globe, the meeting’s format includes inter-active panel discussions and debates on the world economic situation and financing for development in the context of sustainable development and the post-2015 development framework.

Before addressing the High Level Meeting on behalf of the G77 and China, the Prime Minister met the Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr Ban Ki-moon and the President of ECOSOC, Ambassador Nestor Osorio of Colombia.

In his address, Prime Minister Bainimarama noted that the world economy is still struggling to recover five years on from the global financial crisis, while the global financial and monetary systems still need major reform in order to be “effective, transparent and legitimate.” He added that international financial structures must reflect today’s realities and give “developing countries an increased voice in economic governance.”

The Prime Minister also delivered a statement at a working luncheon today in his capacity as Chair of the G77 and China. The luncheon was hosted by the President of ECOSOC which also saw the attendance of the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Jan Eliasson. In his address, Prime Minister Bainimarama said that in order to achieve the theme of the meeting, development partners must maintain a strong cooperative platform between them.

 

PM Bainimarama Leads Delegation to Chiefly Funeral

The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will lead a government delegation this week to pay respects for the Late Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa Katonivere before his funeral this Saturday.

The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for I-Taukei Affairs, will present the Fijian Government’s iTaukei traditional condolences known as the ireguregu.

He will be accompanied by senior government officials including the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Mr Inia Seruiratu. Officials from the Office of the Commissioner Northern will accompany the delegation.

Earlier today the head of government paid tribute to the Late Tui Macuata and highlighted his efforts in promoting rural and national development.

“Ratu Aisea played a fundamental role in the development of our nation in particular through government’s Northern Development Plan. His genuine concern for climate change saw him strongly advocate environmental concerns at both the community and national level,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.

“Ratu Aisea was a gentlemen in all sense of the word. His chiefly status did not deter him from hearing the views of all Fijians regardless of race, religion or creed. As a chief, these are values that inspire each of us. His determination to see the development of a unified Fiji is a legacy that each of us will strive to fulfil”.

The government delegation will present the i-reguregu on Friday this week before the burial of the late chief on Saturday morning in his village of Caumatalevu in Macuata.