Delana Chairs Flag Committee
Fiji’s only Para Olympic Gold Medalist and Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana is the chair of the Flag Committee.
This was anounced by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday. He said the other members would be named in the coming weeks. The competition begins on March 2 and ends on May 1.
Mr Bainimarama said he had also written to the Leader of the Opposition, Ro Teimunmu Kepa, asking for two nominees to be included in the committee.
He said once a number of selected designs would be chosen, then Fijians would be given an opportunity to make their comments through a special website and through text message, e-mail and social media.
“I also urge the mainstream media to become part of this process, to disseminate the final designs as widely as possible, and to assist us in gathering feedback on them.”
He said the committee would carefully consider the feedback it received from the public and based on this feedback, would make a final selection for consideration by Cabinet.
“The final design will then be submitted to Parliament – the people’s elected representatives – for its consideration when it sits in July.”
He stressed that the competition to design the flag was opened to everyone, but Government was especially keen to encourage young people to give full rein to their imaginations, because this flag was ultimately for them and future generations of Fijians.
He said special provisions would be given to reward schools that submit designs.”
All schools that enter will go into a draw – on a divisional basis – to win a large-screen television set, a DVD player and three computers.
“There will be five winners in each of the country’s Divisions.”
The Prime Minister also anounced that the winner or winners would get to hoist the new flag on Independence Day, 10 October, 2015. A plaque he said would also be erected with the winner’s name – or names – and be displayed in Government Buildings.
This will be a permanent reminder of this important moment in our nation’s history.