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10/28/2016
Fiji is on the move. Every year we are taking our country to new heights, not only by growing our economy, but by bringing more Fijians into the mainstream. We are building a foundation of prosperity for our people, and today it is a great pleasure to again extend that foundation to the people of Naimasimasi Village.
10/27/2016
For a start, our Constitution – our supreme law – prohibits torture in our Bill of Rights and in very precise terms: Section Eleven unequivocally states that “every person has the right to freedom from torture of any kind, whether physical, mental or emotional, and from cruel, inhumane, degrading or disproportionately severe treatment or punishment”. It further states that “every person has the right to security of the person, which includes the right to be free from any form of violence from any source at home, school, work or in any other place”.
10/27/2016
We have to be careful when smoking in our homes, when lighting our candles and our mosquito coils and even when cooking in the kitchen. Any of these activities have the potential to causes fires that can cause widespread damage and end lives. So please be vigilant. Please take these risks seriously. Please help us all keep our communities safe from harm.
10/25/2016
Fiji and the other Pacific countries want global warming to be caped at one-point-five degrees above the pre-industrial age, rather than the two per cent that the world agreed to at COP-21 last year. So we will keep fighting for our position. While we also do everything we can to prepare our people for more cyclones, as well as getting them back on their feet after the last. The sheer scale of the disaster caused by Winston means that it is taking longer to rebuild our homes and schools than we would have liked. But the rebuilding effort is in full swing and we are also exploring more innovative ways of building back better and more efficiently. Including with some Kiwi help.
10/25/2016
From Fiji’s perspective, we must do a lot more to persuade the world of the need for more radical action to curb carbon emissions. And try to ward off the extreme weather events and rising sea levels that pose such a threat to nations such as Fiji. I’m pleased to say that New Zealand recognises this imperative and we will be working much closer together on climate change and a range of other regional challenges.
10/18/2016
We intend to make the Fijian people respected the world over, for the quality of the goods and services they produce and their service to the international community. Brand Fiji and its clever, hardworking people a byword for excellence and a beacon – like Australia - to our smaller neighbours in the region and every developing country in the world.
10/18/2016
We are also open for business, with a range of investment incentives and some of the lowest corporate and personal tax rates in the region. We are eager to explain all of this to those of you who have any questions at all about the investment climate. And, of course, there are a unique set of circumstances about Fiji that make us such an attractive investment option for Australian companies and those of other nations.
10/14/2016
Friends, my Government has been at the forefront of the development and growth of sport in Fiji. Not only by ensuring that sport is adequately funded and that we can secure the proper technical expertise. But also by securing international standard events such as this one for the enjoyment of our people and to set a proper standard for local competition. I can assure you all that this commitment will continue.
10/14/2016
Total investments in Fiji has been on an upward trajectory and continues to contribute 25 percent and above towards the Fijian GDP. It is even more promising to note that private investments is increasingly becoming the key contributor to total investments. In 2015, private investments comprised 20 percent of the GDP or 80 percent of total investments. Furthermore, with the widespread incentives and initiatives that the Fijian Government has in place, a large portion of foreign investments has been in the tourism and hospitality sector.
10/14/2016
Twelve months on, Fiji’s official relationship with Australia has improved even further. And I’m delighted to be here in Sydney once again to address this important Trade and Investment Symposium, that is part of my Government’s concerted effort to take our trade with the rest of the world to another level.
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