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3/21/2019
We have a story in Fiji that the world wants to hear: a modern, dynamic economy in the throes of rapid economic growth and infrastructure development. A nation that is investing heavily in the education of its citizens, and fielding a highly competitive, Englishspeaking workforce. A nation that enjoys stability, security and unity among its people. And a nation eager for new investment, new industry and new opportunity.  
3/21/2019
The tree-planting programme is only the start of our commitment to plant four million trees in four years as part of our effort to build a greener, more climate resilient and more beautiful Fiji. A Fiji where our forestry sector is a sustainable source of prosperity for our people and a bigger and equally important element of our economic mix.  
3/18/2019
The 18th of March, 2019 marks the Global Recycling Day, when people around the world will be invited to show their support for recycling of waste. At the global level, Recycling Day was dedicated in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together, and put the planet first
 
3/17/2019
Acts of terror and terrorism, by their very nature, are meant to instill fear into the hearts of those groups who are targeted. As difficult as it may be, try not to let these acts of hatred intimidate you; that was the goal of the coward who committed these crimes. To our Muslim community, I say this: You are safe, and you are loved.
3/15/2019
There are over 24,000 formally registered MSMEs in Fiji. And through various Government initiatives, we have been able to formalise a large number that otherwise would have remained informal. Since 2008, initiatives such as the Northern Development Programme, the Integrated Human Resources Development Programme and Micro and Small Business Grant have formalised over 40,900 MSMEs from all parts of Fiji.  
3/14/2019
Consider your own situation, had this land not been bought back, the young people of Yavusa Nasuva would have never known this land as their own. All because of decisions made by a select few before any of them were ever born. That is a tragic reality to contemplate.  
3/14/2019
This has been an historic week for the realisation of the right to justice for our people. Two days ago, I was in the interior of Viti Levu, in Keyasi, opening a new Legal Aid office. Yesterday I was on Vanua Levu, opening a new Legal Aid office in Seaqaqa. And today, I am privileged to be doing the same here in Taveuni.
 
3/14/2019
Vetiver system is a very simple, practical, inexpensive and effective biological measure for soil and water conservation. Vetiver grass was introduced to Fiji over 100 years ago and it has been widely used for soil and water conservation purposes for more than 50 years.
3/13/2019
I’m well aware of the reality once faced by your community. If any of you, as residents in Seaqaqa, wanted to speak with a Legal Aid Officer, that often meant making the arduous and costly journey to Labasa. But accessing justice shouldn’t mean hours of travel by bus or car. You must be able to access justice here, in your community, where you live, work and raise your families. And as of today, you finally can.
3/12/2019
The new mortuary’s construction was quite the project –– these buildings require technical fittings, high construction standards, and appropriate equipment. It came at a total Government investment of nearly 450,000 dollars –– an investment that was funded by the Small Grant Scheme from my office. That’s why I took ownership over seeing this over the finish line, and it’s why I’m so happy to be among you all to celebrate its achievement here this afternoon.  
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