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To ensure that we achieve a brighter future, we need to embrace change and take on many of the pressing challenges including Climate Change, Urbanisation, Resource Depletion and Health Care to name a few. The perception that dealing with these challenges is the sole responsibility of the Government is in my humble opinion, no longer proper nor viable.
Desicated coconut, coconut milk/cream, and coconut oil are the most popular edible commercial products derived from fresh coconut meat (kernel). The meat is very nutritious as it contains dietry fat, dietery fibre, protein, carbohydrates, microminerals such as potassium and phosphorous, and vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin.  
This is the first time our students will have the opportunity to take part in events leading up to the actual Asia-Pacific ROBOCON competition. It is indeed once-in-a lifetime opportunity for our school students.
Fiji’s export of cocoa beans to Australia, France, New Zealand and United States increase from 5.4 metric tons in 2016 to 9.5 mt in 2017. The value of these exports increased from $26,000 in 2016 to $85,000 in 2017. Fiji can continue to improve further on this positive trend with the consistent support from Government and Private Stakeholders.
Sometimes the road to progress can feel like it’s two steps forward and one step back, particularly when it comes to advancing the rights, opportunities, and full participation of women and girls. It can seem discouraging, whether you’ve been on that road for a long time or are just starting out. But think how different the world would be if the people who came before us had just gotten discouraged, and because of that, had given up.
I think it’s safe to say that these quick and decisive steps to action will resonate well with the Secretary-General. During his time in his previous post as Prime Minister of Portugal, he was known for thinking outside of the box to bring real and meaningful change to his country. In fact, that proven track record of words-in-action –– and a shared impatience for apathy –– may be why he and I share such great chemistry
What has set this CAPP event apart from years prior, is our collective recognition that the deadly impacts of our changing climate have intensified into a full-blown crisis, the like of which humanity has never before seen. It is a climate crisis. It is an ocean crisis. It is the defining crisis of our time. And if we do not take action, that crisis will soon escalate into chaos that will consume the entire world.  
We have politicians next door in Australia, saying we can’t expect them to act on climate, and we Pacific islanders can just move to higher ground. But we know that some of our nations don’t even have higher ground to move to. We have others saying vulnerable people can come and live in their country, and in exchange we must give up our seas and be economically exploited. Last week, in Melbourne, I called out those statements for what they were: insensitive at best, and new age colonialism at worst.  
On 14 May, 1879, Fiji saw the arrival of the Leonidas, a ship that had travelled many thousands of kilometres from British India –– a more than three-month journey that endured crashing sea waves, disease and even death –– to finally anchor in Levuka. On board, the ship carried with her some 500 men, women and children, taken from their homes with the promise of a better life awaiting them in Fiji. Many of them had bargained for a far shorter journey, as they had been misled by the tricks and lies of those who had brought them to Fiji.
I am happy to announce that the new Trade Commissioner for North Americas has been appointed and he is Mr Praneet Singh. Mr Singh comes with vast experience in the private sector, having been a Senior Accountant at ANZ Bank in New Zealand. He will take up office in the next few months, so I urge you all to extend to him the goodwill and support we share.  
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