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If we do not work together as a team, we will not be able to achieve the vision set for the industry. Hence, as “Team Fiji” we need to build on our strengths and find solutions to positively resolve our challenges and overcome our weaknesses.
This is the first major gathering of business leaders and policy makers that I have addressed as incoming President of COP 23. And I’m delighted to be here with a large number of you who are at the cutting edge – I probably shouldn’t say coalface – of our collective global effort to address the impact of climate change.
Every year, this weekend is filled with triumphs and disappointments. But for these student athletes to have even made it this far to compete at this level is a big accomplishment.
Tonight, that victory will be immortalised with the launch of a commemorative banknote and coin that honour our players, coaches and staff and give their victory the ever-lasting place in our history it deserves.
My Government has displayed an unwavering commitment to our duty – as written in the Fijian Constitution – to uphold the right of every person to access education. Because such access has been proven, time and time again, as the most effective way to end poverty, improve quality of life and even the playing field at every level of society.
I’m delighted to be here in Naulu for such an important day for your communities. Today, I am here to distribute approval notices of lease for 21 families – granting them 99-year leases on land they have long called home.
This is a very important day for Fiji – the launch of our official logo for COP 23, which will be seen by billions of people around the world in the lead-up to the UN Climate negotiations in Bonn in November.
I’m delighted to be here in Momi Bay as we add another iconic resort to our stunning line-up of world-class accommodation in Fiji – the spectacularly beautiful, Fiji Marriot Resort at Momi Bay.
Despite the cyclone, the Fijian economy rebounded to achieve its seventh consecutive year of economic growth, thanks to our previous efforts to diversify and broaden our economic base and also because it did not largely affect our tourism properties.
We are two months out from cohosting the UN Oceans Summit in New York, where we will confront the threat of pollution and overfishing to our way of life. And we are seven months out from presiding over COP-23 – the ongoing UN climate negotiations in Bonn on which our future also depends.
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