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Japan Hails Progress

The Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani is impressed with Fiji’s effort towards nation building. Mr Hanatani said since he arrived in Fiji, he recognised Fiji’s effort and congratulated the
21 Apr 2015 10:47
Japan Hails Progress

The Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani is impressed with Fiji’s effort towards nation building.

Mr Hanatani said since he arrived in Fiji, he recognised Fiji’s effort and congratulated the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama on his leadership.

“Since I arrived in Fiji last May, I recognised that Fiji has continued its efforts towards nation building with harmony and equality within its multiracial and multicultural people under the leadership of the Prime Minister Bainimarama and his Government,” Mr Hanatani said.

He made the comments during the signing yesterday of ‘Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for Rural and Urban Fijians (REACH) programme between Japan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Fijian Government.

“I have also been impressed by the initiatives of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation with Minister Rosy Akbar working closely with people in urban, rural and maritime communities,” Mr Hanatani said.

He said people-centered initiatives by the Government of Fiji were aligned with Japan’s initiatives of ‘Strengthening Human Security and ‘Encouraging Gender Equality’ towards building resilient societies and nation.

“As a developing country, our aspirations to improve the lives of our people cannot be always met from our resources,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We are grateful to all of our development partners- in this case Japan for the assistance you are giving us to improve the lives of every Fijian.

“We intend to work closely with Japan on all aspects of our bilateral relationship and I especially look forward to my discussions with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe,” he said.

 

PM prioritises gender equality

Empowering women and giving them the chance to build better lives for themselves and their families is a cause that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s hold dear to his heart.

Mr Bainimarama, yesterday signed the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for Rural and Urban Fijians (REACH) programme with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan.

The signing saw an agreement of $2.7million assistance from the Japanese government.

“My Government is committed to building a nation in which every Fijian has equal opportunity to lead fulfilling lives, earn a decent income and to receive the social services any government has a responsibility to provide,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani said he was confident that the project would practically and effectively improve access to social services for people in rural and informal settlements, including women and youth.

UNDP resident representative Osnat Lubrani said they stood by the Fijian Government’s commitment to ‘ensuring no one gets left behind’ and through REACH project, aimed to bolster Governments efforts in such endeavours.

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