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PM Praises Ba Two

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has praised the efforts of two Ba students in reaching the final of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Competition in students are Mohammed Shahil Hussain and Asheik Ali.
15 Jan 2020 11:31
PM Praises Ba Two
From left: Kamil Muslim College teacher Rinal Prasad, student Mohammed Shahil Hussain, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and student Alsheik Ali in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has praised the efforts of two Ba students in reaching the final of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Competition in students are Mohammed Shahil Hussain and Asheik Ali.

Although they did not win the top prize, Mr Bainimarama went to congratulate them.

He is there attending the Sustainability Summit which has brought together Heads of Governments, policy makers, industry specialists, technology pioneers and the upcoming sustainability leaders from around the world.

The competition required competitors to submit project proposals on sustainability.

The winning prize money of US$100,000 (FJ$216,220) would go towards implementing the winner’s proposal.

Honour to get recognition from PM: Principal

College principal Shabinah Ali said from Ba last night that “indeed its an honour because getting recognition from our Prime Minister is something great for us and to go to that international level at least being a finalist was also a privilege.

“They were so excited because the students knew it was lifetime opportunity and actually they are in contact with us through Facebook messenger and Viber and the teacher is always sharing videos and pictures,” she said. Teacher Rinal Prasad is their chaperone.

Ms Ali said the students were a bit disappointed because they were hoping for a win, but nevertheless they said they had learned a lot of new things.

Kamil Muslim College principal Shabinah Ali.

Kamil Muslim College principal Shabinah Ali.

“They were one of the three finalists in the East- Asia and Pacific Region for the Global High School Category,” she said.

“It was an achievement being one of the finalists and the school is proud for being given the opportunity to visit Dubai. The teacher and students have had an opportunity to be among other important dignitaries and finalist from six other geographic regions.”

She said there was a group of students working with a group of teachers on this project.

“The college got involved through Department of Energy: WE-ECO Competition for school and the project was to install a 25 kilowatt solar panel on the roofs of the building which will power the school, “ she said.

“Two 5000-litre water tanks and a water purifier to be connected to the school water supply and fish farm.”

She said the project was to provide full time spring water for the school, fish farm ponds and enable the school to have a sustainability hub that promotes sustainable development for students and the community..

“The funds saved from annual energy and water bills would be re-invested in the schools ICT literacy,” she said.

A Kiribati school won.

Building a stronger bilateral relationship with the UAE

Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama has reaffirmed his personal commitment to building a stronger bilateral relationship with the UAE.

He made this commitment during a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, along the margins of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Forum.

He said he fully appreciated the vast potential and opportunities that Fiji and the UAE could offer. Prime Minister Bainimarama said the relationship between the two countries has resulted in the establishment of a new UAE Diplomatic Mission in Suva.

At the meeting, Mr Bainimarama highlighted that one of the Government’s primary goals was exploring and securing as many opportunities from our development partners especially the UAE so that Fiji reached its ambitious yet possible target of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

He used the opportunity to convey his appreciation to the UAE government, for the generous support of US$5 million through the initiative of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund. This support will assist Fiji with target of generating 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (left) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (left) in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates

PM sends condolences on Sultan’s passing

In another development, Mr Bainimarama said the community of nations had lost one of our great champions of peace with the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman.

“The Sultan’s love for humankind was exemplified through his unrelenting commitment to a world free from violence and conflict. As a nation with an over 40-year commitment to UN Peacekeeping, the Fijian people share the Sultan’s life-long purpose of peace and pledge to uphold his legacy in the years to come,” he said.

“Oman’s journey of progress and modernisation over the past half-century is owed to the Sultan’s visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to the wellbeing of the Omani people. The global outpouring of grief at his passing is testament to his model leadership and the powerful bridges of friendship he extended across the world.

“As a strong and abiding friend to Oman, the prayers of the Fijian people are with the people of Oman as they bear this tremendous loss.”

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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