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Fiji Still Paying For Past Govts’ Mistakes: PM

Fiji Still Paying For Past Govts’ Mistakes: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (seventh from left), with former Fijian residents at Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia, on May 27, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News
May 29
14:59 2018

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji is still paying for the many mistakes of past governments.

He made these remarks while speaking to more than 200 guests, mostly former Fijians now residing in Australia, at the Victorian Multicultural Sports Association (VMSA) business event at Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. He was the chief guest.

Mr Bainimarama updated them on the latest developments happening in Fiji.

“I’m sure I don’t have to remind those of you in this room that it was none other than the current head of SODELPA, (Sitiveni Rabuka) who was in charge of Fiji’s economy when the National Bank of Fiji collapsed, a scandal that created such massive debts that it would take generations to repay.

“Since 2007, my Government has spent more than $2 billion in interest to clean up Rabuka’s mess along with the debt of other governments which we inherited.

“So, the bottom line is this: previous governments borrowed irresponsibly and they mismanaged our economy, and if they been responsible, as my Government has, Fiji would already be debt free.”

He said this was something they should remember when SODELPA promised to give free everything to everyone, “with no idea how they’ll fund their big and completely unrealsitic promises”.

“My Government has proven that we know how to grow an economy. While SODELPA has proven they only know how to sink one.”

Mr Bainimarama thanked and commended VMSA for its love of sport and the recognition of its tremendous potential, adding it made VMSA a natural partner for Fiji and the Fijian people.

He also thanked the association for hosting the Fijian under-19 football team in July as they prepare for the World Cup in Tahiti. He was also appreciative of the funds members helped raise to assist flood victims here.

“So even though you may be a young organisation, your impact is already being felt in a big way. Vinaka vakalevu.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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