Following the National Multi-Faith Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the Anniversary of Cyclone Winston, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met with Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells to discuss the the progress of Cyclone Winston rebuilding efforts.
We come together as a nation today in a solemn act of faith – a service of remembrance and thanksgiving to commemorate the first anniversary of one of the most traumatic days in Fijian history.
No other government in Fijian history has done more to develop our economy and the tourism industry in particular. No other government has looked at the Fijian economy holistically as we have. Our record of economic management is unrivalled – seven straight years of growth including an impressive two per cent in one of the most testing years in our history.
Monday (20 February) is the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which slammed into Fiji with peak intensity on 20 February, 2016, killing 44 of our loved ones and causing widespread devastation.
As I’ve said many times before, sport in Fiji is one of the greatest sources of unity and of inspiration for our people. We have a love of athletic competition unrivalled anywhere in the world, and therein lies the real secret to our success – our passion. The passion seen from our cheering fans here at home and the passion our athletes bring to competition – that is why we are able to continually amaze the world with our success.