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Academy Best In Pacific, Says Prime Minister

The new Fiji Maritime Academy is a major leap forward for the nation, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He spoke yesterday during the rebranding of the School of Maritime Studies
10 Mar 2015 10:35
Academy Best In Pacific, Says Prime Minister

The new Fiji Maritime Academy is a major leap forward for the nation, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He spoke yesterday during the rebranding of the School of Maritime Studies to the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA).

He said the academy “is deeply impressive – not only from a technological standpoint – but the fact that Fiji now has this technology for the first time.”

“With the help of our Sri Lankan friends from CINEC – the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College, it had built a cutting-edge, world-class facility here in Fiji that was easily the best in the Pacific,” he said.

He said FMA established Fiji as the prime maritime training nation in the region and a centre of excellence that would reap huge dividends for Fiji and the other island nations.

It established, he added, a platform for the career development of tens of thousands of our young people, who would pursue maritime careers here in the years and decades to come.

“This facility and in several other areas of our national life, we have forged close links with Sri Lanka,” he said.

“The Sri Lankan judiciary came to our aid when some of our larger neighbours deprived us of the judges and magistrates we needed to keep our justice system going.”

“The Aitken Spence company of Sri Lanka has transformed the performance of our ports in Suva and Lautoka and has ended the delays that cost the importers and exporters dearly.

“ This is spearheading Fiji’s export performance and removing costs from imported items and transforming our economy in the process

“Now, CINEC, the largest private higher-education organisation in Sri Lanka, has joined hands with Fiji to produce a new generation of seafarers – well educated, disciplined, experts in seamanship and with their eyes on a horizon that promises great things for them as individuals and for us all as a nation.”

FMA would train “those men and women who they rely on to carry us over the seas and to carry the cargoes on which Fiji’s economy and wellbeing depends.”

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