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We’ve recovered production since the historic low tonnage following Cyclone Winston in 2016, and are on track to produce around 1.7 million tonnes of cane in the 2018 season. And that figure has been achieved despite the impact of tropical cyclones Josie and Keni, which struck our nation in back-to-back succession earlier this year. Our rising production has been led by our mill in Lautoka, which has increased its operational efficiency to 97 per cent and is now crushing an average of around 26,000 tonnes of cane a week, with a new record-high of 40,000 tonnes crushed in the span of a single week this year.  
In a world in which many forces are trying to undermine our ability to work together, the Talanoa Dialogue may be the greatest legacy of Fiji’s COP presidency, as the first Small Island Developing State to preside over the UN negotiations. Already hundreds of sessions like this have been held all over the world. And the wonderful thing is that these are not merely talkfests but genuine exchanges of ideas that are leading to more ambition and more action.

I see familiar faces among you, and I see new faces as well. I see tried and tested debaters, and I see passionate politicians. I can envision the ideas, laws and policies yet undeliberated. And I am deeply proud to see more women represented in this August House as well. But most importantly, when I look out on this Honourable gathering, I see Fiji and I see the Fijian people; because that is whom all of you represent.  
Ladies and Gentlemen, with our economy projected to remain on such stable path of growth, it’s safe to say we’re walking the talk when it comes to sustainable development – a topic I spoke on at length during last year’s awards ceremony.  
Our laws – and their enforcement – are sacred in our democracy. They are the very foundation of our society; the rules to which all of us are bound and by which we all must abide. And every Fijian deserves to know that the institutions entrusted with upholding our laws are wholly independent.
I am pleased to have received the Return of the Writ earlier than expected and I wish to commend and acknowledge the hard work of all the individuals who had contributed to the successful return of the Writ today. 
The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, or PCAN for short, is observed globally in November every year. 
My fellow Fijians, today may just be one footbridge, but it’s much more than that to the hundreds of men, women, and children who will use it every day. 
Friends, Team Fiji has delivered. And we now look to Team World to do the same. So where do we go from here? Well, the scientists have just told us that we have time to meet the 1.5 degree warming target but only just. We have to act now. There is no time to waste.
I believe that we must continue to be open minded about how we navigate our organisations through the present age. We might think that our operation is confined within our industry, current technology or within this country; however, we need to be mindful that we cannot operate in isolation.
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