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PM Invites Fijians In Canada To Invest Back Here

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has invited Fijians in Canada to invest in Fiji. In his first major speech of his first visit to Canada, he told Fijians in British Columbia:
07 Aug 2015 10:59
PM Invites Fijians In Canada To Invest Back Here
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama greets Canadian Federal Defence Minister Jason Kenney while host Peter Raju (middle), looks on in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Photo: Asuad Ali

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has invited Fijians in Canada to invest in Fiji.

In his first major speech of his first visit to Canada, he told Fijians in British Columbia: “You are still valuable members of our great Fijian family.

“You deserve the opportunities Fiji now offers, and Fiji needs your talent, your experience, and your investment.”

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji would  welcome the talent and expertise they could bring to assist his Government in addressing improvements in health, education, protection of our environment and infrastructure development, to name a few.

Mr Bainimarama was speaking at a dinner hosted by Fijian businessman Peter Raju of the Canadian Duty Free Distributors, in Richmond, British Columbia.

Among the guests were the Federal Defence Minister Jason Kenney, former Supreme Court Justice and Attorney-General Wally Oppal, executive assistant to the Mayor Alexa Loo, Provincial Speaker of the House Linda Reed, British Columbia Justice Minister and Attorney-General Susan Anton and other ministers.

“We have come a long way from the troubled times of 1987 and 2000. As we have moved for the better we invite Fijians to come to Fiji for investments and travel,” said Mr Bainimarama.

“We have lost hundreds to migration  but let me remind you Fiji has  been their home and will always be one.

“The Government encourages Fijians to come back home. We promise peace and prosperity.”

Mr Bainimarama, who earlier visited a Fijian business in Delta, BC, said Fijians were hardworking people and they had contributed immensely to the Canadian economy and culture.

He called on the Fijian business sector to invest in Fiji as there was that window of opportunity like never before.

“We’re diverse and inclusive. I’ve heard good things just into Day One of my trip and I don’t doubt there’s many more great stories”.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, who is on the tour with the PM, praised Fijian/Canadians for their warm welcome.

“They’ve left Fiji but Fiji has never forgotten them. Home is where the heart is.

“We will reach out with the prospect of trade and tourism and we see ourselves doing business with the Canadians,” Mr Koya said.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji had come a long way and national achievements were only made possible by the co-operation of the Fijian people.

“United, we have stepped into the future by placing every Fijian on equal footing.”

By doing so, he said they had built a democratic and equitable government that their detractors once said was impossible.

“As I reflect on all Fiji has been able to achieve through our commitment to equal opportunity and equal citizenry, I cannot help but imagine the possibilities of a unified global Fijian community.”

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