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Future Leaders Urged: Study Constitution

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has encouraged regional participants of the Third Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) to study the Fiji Constitution. He said they should also look at the
24 Oct 2014 09:19
Future Leaders Urged: Study Constitution
The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau (sixth from left), with regional participants of the Third Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) in Suva. Photo: DEPTFO news

The President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has encouraged regional participants of the Third Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) to study the Fiji Constitution.

He said they should also look at the progress that Fiji had made over the past eight years as well as Fiji’s history prior to and since independence in 1970.

The President said their visit to Fiji had come at a time when the country had just returned to parliamentary democracy following eight years of redefining the foundations of nationhood. The country, he said, ultimately developed a Constitution that guaranteed equal rights that brought about true democracy in every sense of the word.

“In addition to removing all forms of discriminatory policies including voting along racial lines, the Constitution has an expanded bill of rights covering an unprecedented range of rights and freedoms for all Fijians, irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic background or physical abilities,” he said.

He said the Constitution also safeguarded religious and cultural practices thereby maintaining the individual identities of our people while promoting peaceful co-existence.

Among the many notable features, he adds the Constitution protects iTaukei resources such as land from being alienated, in the same way that it promotes the interests of persons and institutions interested in leasing iTaukei lands.

“On this count, like many others, there is a win-win outcome with no zero-sums.”

Regional participants of the 3rd Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) are currently on a study tour in Fiji.

They aim to strengthen the capacity of the region’s future leaders to manage challenges collaboratively, positively and creatively.

The EPLD 2014 is designed to enable participants to contribute to the long-term development and stability of the region, and promote regional understanding and co-operation through an improved network of key relationships across sectors and countries.

The Fiji study tour participants started their tour of the Western Division last Saturday visiting various organisations such as Natural Waters of Viti Ltd, Fiji Sugar Corporation, Koroipita Rotahomes and Pure Fiji.

The group will also travel to Vanua Levu later this week to visit J Hunter Pearls, the Tilapia Fish Farm, and the Nukutoso Copra Farm.

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