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Owners of Agricultural resources, land, labour, machinery and transportation must see they receive a fair share of returns if we want this sector to be stable and expand. They must be given opportunity to participate in the growth and expansion process. Not only they will benefit, they will also have a better understanding of the transformation process. 
We have come to recognize that the answer to the current littering problem requires a coordinated effort amongst all relevant stakeholders.
To our athletes I would like to congratulate you for your perseverance and hard work in being selected into our National Team. Well done! Your hard work and sacrifices have no doubt paid off in the fulfillment of your dreams in “making the cut” as a Person with Determination who will be representing our beloved nation in the Special Olympic World Summer Games. In fact, it is an ideal and rewarding opportunity of a life time and you should be very satisfied and equally proud of such an achievement. 
Guided and united by the promise of our Constitution, today, our nation and our citizens, stand among the most profound examples in the world of the power of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to inspire and motivate people across borders, across oceans and across societies. We’ve been placed on fast-track trajectory in ratifying the “Big Nine” Human Rights conventions, already ratifying seven of the conventions, with plans to complete the ratification of the remaining two this year.
In our endeavors to meet the obligations under the Montreal Protocol, Fiji has developed regulations, namely Ozone Depleting Substances Act 1998 and ODS Regulations 2010, to assist us phase-out and manage ozone-depleting substances. Furthermore, appropriate measures are put in place to monitor and control any importation of ODSs in the country.
Through the leadership of the Prime Minister, our economy has achieved ten consecutive years of unprecedented growth.  We will continue to put in place enabling and sustainable policies and frameworks to build a modern, resilient and dynamic infrastructure.
These programs are set to usher in new outcomes as these programs are multi-pronged and will have long-lasting impacts on the sector and contribute more effectively towards the Ministry’s priorities.
The long term sustainable strategy for agriculture is to let demand derive production and supply. For so long, we were, silently supporting the ideology that supply will create its own demand. So we were incentivizing the farmers, giving them grants and subsidies and they continued to produce and supply. It retained retirees, leisure and part time farmers in the sector.
Here in Fiji, latest results from the 2011 STEPs Survey revealed an increase in obesity by 8.5 per cent since 2002 with an estimated 32.1 per cent of adults reported obese. As a medical doctor and Minister for Health this is of great concern to me, as the increase in obesity is always accompanied by an increase in blood pressure, hypertension and fasting blood glucose, which are all major risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
It is the success of Fijian tourism that makes so much of that possible. But the contribution from tourism in Fiji is more than dollars and cents. As leaders in tourism, you are on the frontlines of putting Fiji on the map, and imbuing our visitors with that special feeling of family and friendship that can only be found in Fiji, among the Fijian people.  
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