It is our bank, the people’s bank, and I am delighted as Prime Minister to be here on this historic occasion and to share the pride we all have as Fijians in seeing this vision realised.

It is a great honour for me to be making this official visit to Tuvalu. And it is an even greater pleasure to be amongst friends, with common values and a common destiny as Pacific neighbours.

Today, we welcome and commission the first of these vessels, our new flagship – “Sigavou”. In i’Taukei, of course, it means “New Day” and that’s what this occasion marks – the beginning of...

With those words, I just want to say again how pleased I am to be back at my old school and wish everyone an unforgettable day. And I have equally great pleasure in declaring this new facility open.

As I said at the start, this passing out parade today is a special occasion for me – the last time I will officiate at such a parade as Commander of the RFMF.

So this is really something to celebrate – a school that’s a symbol of the equal importance of boys and girls in the new Fiji we are building.

The point is that we are in harmony as individuals and as nations across a broad front. We are Pacific Islanders first and foremost. Together, we face many of the same challenges. Together, we are working to meet those challenges.

I congratulate you all on this event, and thank you for offering your services to the public.

This Women’s Resource Centre is one of several we are establishing throughout Fiji to empower our women and improve their lives.

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