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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.

PM Bainimarama Congratulations Republic of Marshall Islands

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has extended Fiji’s well wishes to the Government and People of the Marshall Islands as they commemorate a milestone in the nation’s political history.

Prime Minister Bainimarama congratulated our Pacific island neighbours as they celebrate today the 34th anniversary marking the signing of the nation’s constitution.

In a note to Marshall Island’s President, Mr Christopher Loeak, Prime Minister Bainimarama said Fiji hoped for the continued progress and prosperity between the two countries.

Commodore Bainimarama reassured the people of the Republic of Marshall Islands that friendly relations between the two countries will continue to prosper and strengthen in the coming years.

Fiji PM Bainimarama Raises Awareness on the Draft constitution to Fijians in PNG

Fiji PM Bainimarama Completes State Visit to PNG

Fiji PM Bainimarama Speaks to Fiji-PNG Business Council

Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama Completes State Visit in Papua New Guinea

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has completed his first state visit to Papua New Guinea.

The head of government was accorded a full military guard of honour and a gun salute at the Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby this afternoon.

Expressing his appreciation to officials onboth the Fiji and PNG side for facilitating this visit, Prime Bainimarama said the future of the Fiji PNG relations remains solid and promising.

At a dinner last night where he hosted his PNG counterpart the Honourable Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister Bainimarama highlighted that relations between the two countries have been consistentlypositive.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Fiji and my government attaches great respect and value for the years that we have stood together, side by side. Through this process, Fijians have come to know who their true friends are – we are grateful for the genuine friendship of the people of Papua New Guinea”, PM Bainimarama said.

“I want to warmly thank Papua New Guinea for its understanding, support and encouragement for the reforms by my Government, both privately and publicly in regional forums, and on the world stage at large”.

At a meeting this morning with Fijian government officials, the Prime Minister pointed out that all issues raised and proposals put forward by both countries should begin immediately. He has also proposed the establishment of a Fiji Trade Mission in PNG to boost Fiji’s economic presence in the growing Melanesian economy.

Meanwhile the head of government is heading to New York where he will be chairing a series of meetings on the G77+China Group.

Prime Minister Bainimarama Proposes Fiji Trade Mission to Papua New Guinea

Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has proposed for the establishment of a Fiji Trade Mission office in Papua New Guinea.

During discussions held this morning with Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and other government officials, the Prime Minister pointed out that a mission would accelerate Fiji’s business opportunities in PNG.

The Prime Minister said that this trade mission would also position Fiji to penetrate further into the growing PNG economy.

This morning, the PM Bainimarama toured the Office of Fiji’s High Commission in Port Moresby and spoke of the need for Fiji officials to immediately begin putting in place measures to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to PNG, Romanu Tikotikoca briefed the Prime Minister on operations at Fiji’s mission and updated him on recent developments.