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EDITORIAL: Big Tick For Fijian Reforms

The European Union yesterday gave a glowing report about Fijian reforms and the success of last year’s general election. To cap off a momentous day, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has
16 Jun 2015 11:00
EDITORIAL: Big Tick For Fijian Reforms

The European Union yesterday gave a glowing report about Fijian reforms and the success of last year’s general election.

To cap off a momentous day, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been invited to address the European Parliament early next year.

The Europeans are impressed with the progress that Fiji has made in returning to parliamentary democracy and then continuing with the reforms.

We have proved wrong critics and doubters who speculated that these changes were not going to happen.

Almost nine months after the election, the development progress has been breathtaking. It has carried on from the relentless pace before the election.

The Europeans have recognised this and have praised the Bainimarama Government for its achievement so far.

Fiji has also gained a respected profile on international issues such as climate change. When the EU Commissioner for International Development, Neven Mimica, highlights climate change as a major concern, he supports Fiji’s campaign on the international stage.

Mr Mimica is well aware of the particular concerns of African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, which have been presented, not just in the UN context, but also in meetings of the ACP Council of Ministers and in meetings of ACP-EU joint parliamentary assembly meeting Suva.

The devastation of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu brought home the reality of one of the most acute issues facing some ACP States.

Mr Mimica echoed the same commitment as our PM in making sure that adequate mitigation and adaptation strategies are fully reflected in the sustainable development goals.

Now that relations between Fiji and the EU will be normalised today with the signing of a co-operation agreement, the EU will be working more closely with Fiji.

Fiji will feature prominently in the climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year. Mr Mimica says it will provide a great opportunity for the EU-ACP partnership to highlight progress already made and to further enhance global efforts to build resilience and reduce disaster risks linked climate change.

The first high level political dialogue between Fiji and the EU under the EU-ACP partnership (Cotonou) Agreement since Fiji’s return to democracy, yesterday was significant.

EU representative at the EU-Fiji political dialogue Edgars Rinkevics especially mentioned the number of women in key positions, saying it is an example and an inspiration to the Pacific.

So all in all Fiji is moving in the right direction and ticking the boxes for its commitment to fulfilling international obligations and reforms that support good governance, transparency, accountability and gender balance.

 

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