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PM Meets Swire

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday in London met with Hugo Swire, the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. During the meeting, the Prime Minister conveyed Fiji’s
29 Nov 2014 13:43
PM Meets Swire

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday in London met with Hugo Swire, the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister conveyed Fiji’s desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and Fiji, especially in light of the strong historical links between the two nations.

The Prime Minister pointed out that to this day a significant number of Fijians still serve in the British Armed Forces.
The Prime Minister took the opportunity to provide an update on the recent political developments in Fiji, focusing on the success of the general elections in September, which was deemed free and fair by the Multinational Observer Group that included five observers from the UK.

He highlighted Fiji’s milestone achievement in moving away from race-based politics by adopting an electoral system based on the principle of equal votes of equal value.

Mr Bainimarama also highlighted Fiji’s advances both within the Pacific region and on the international stage, citing the expansion of its foreign missions. He also spoke of its increased support for its Pacific island neighbours through the Pacific Island

Development Forum, which is focused on sustainable development and green economies.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the Minister’s role in the formation of the All Party Political Group on the Pacific (APPG) and the proposed Pacific Island Business Forum, hailing these developments as positive tools to raise the unique development challenges of the Pacific region in the UK.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for the Prime Minister to discuss the challenges climate change posed for Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS).

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