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PM Pays Tribute To Sundip Patel, Manasa Vaniqi

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama paid tribute to former CJ Patel managing director Sundip Patel and former sugar permanent secretary Manasa Vaniqi at Taveuni on Monday. Speaking at the opening of
14 Jan 2015 10:07
PM Pays Tribute To Sundip Patel, Manasa Vaniqi
From left: Carl Fox, Owner of the Taveuni Dive Resort, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening in Taveuni.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama paid tribute to former CJ Patel managing director Sundip Patel and former sugar permanent secretary Manasa Vaniqi at Taveuni on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the Taveuni Dive Resort, Mr Bainimarama said both men had made ‘great contributions’ to Fiji.

“As you know, it hasn’t been a great start to the year on a personal level, as we have mourned the loss of two sons of Fiji, Sundip Patel, one of Fiji’s most astute and ethical businessmen, and Manasa Vaniqi, my right hand man in the Sugar Industry.

“In their different ways, both of these men made great contributions to our beloved nation and their passing is a great loss to Fiji.”

Mr Patel died in Suva on December 27 after a heart attack.

Mr Vaniqi died in Lautoka this month.

Mr Bainimarama said: “They will be missed – but as we start the New Year, we should focus on celebrating their lives and legacies by continuing with the work that was important to them both –making Fiji a better place.”.

On the investment

Meanwhile, speaking about the $2 million Taveuni Dive Resort investment, Mr Bainimarama said it signalled not only an enormous vote of confidence for our Tourism Industry, but also for the Fijian economy.

“It is a testament to the general confidence that my Government has instilled in the business community with our reform programme over the past eight years,” he added.

Completed in November, the facility is designed with the needs of divers in mind – to take advantage of the spectacular diving available off the coast of this island.

“I’m told that enthusiasts come from all over the world to visit Fiji’s world- famous Rainbow Reef alone.

“So here is a good example of entrepreneurs reacting to the demands of the market and capitalizing on them.”

He added investments as such augured well for the country’s tourist arrival target of 1 million.

“I’d like to also point out that the construction and operation of this resort have been planned with the principles of sustainable development in mind.

“This sets a fine example for other developers. As a small island nation, we cannot raise the alarm about the threat of climate change on one hand, while ignoring such principles in our own national development on the other..

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