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As I’ve said many times before, we cannot allow climate change – and its disastrous effects – to threaten the hard-won progress my Government has achieved for the Fijian people. The development projects that have spread access to water, electricity and telecommunications at unprecedented levels. And the infrastructure that has connected the Fijian people like never before.
New Year is also a time when many of us make resolutions, some of which we keep and others that fall by the wayside. But this year, there is one resolution that as Fijians, we have a solemn duty to uphold. And that is to effectively carry out the task we have been given to lead the world in the fight against climate change.
I am very pleased to be here in Kumi Village to commission a major milestone for your community’s development – this new seawall and concrete walkway to keep the land and the people of Kumi protected from the surging tides that threaten your community.
Christmas is a time of great joy for Christians around the world. And even in the wake of yet another extreme weather event in Fiji which has again tested us as a people, a great many of us have gathered together today to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
As Christians come together all across our nation to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, my wife, Mary, and I are pleased to wish every Fijian a very happy Christmas.
With the general standard of health in Fiji still far from satisfactory, the role of community health workers has never been more important. So I’m delighted to join you this morning for the signing of a memorandum of understanding to revitalise our community health program and take it to another level.
If there is any country in the world that exemplifies the importance of sport diplomacy, Fiji is it. So I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take part in this seminar and to tell you the Fijian story.
We’re very proud of the fact that not only do Fijians enjoy an astonishing level of access to telecommunications services for a nation of our size and stage of development. But that Fiji has become a telecommunications hub for the entire region.
Fiji is committed to the discussions and we are willing to work with you all in our efforts to yield positive outcomes. We are here with our different standpoints regarding how we envision the outcomes from this week. However, I urge that our mutual understandings and cooperation over the years transcend to other matters that require our unison so that key fish species and fisheries can enjoy the long-term sustainability that is very much necessary for us.
Mr Chairman, innovative change requires innovative leadership. And to lead the Fijian sugar cane industry forward with new ideas and a new direction, we have brought about changes at the executive level of the Fiji Sugar Corporation, that owns and operates our four mills.
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