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SPEECH: PM Voreqe Bainimara’s Address At The 3rd Pacific Island Development Forum Leaders Summit

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, Heads of State and fellow leaders of the Pacific Island countries, Heads of delegations, Representatives of international and pacific organizations,
02 Sep 2015 11:58
SPEECH: PM Voreqe Bainimara’s Address At The 3rd  Pacific Island Development Forum Leaders Summit
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand,

Heads of State and fellow leaders of the Pacific Island countries,

Heads of delegations,

Representatives of international and pacific organizations,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen

Bula vinaka and a very good evening to you all.

On behalf of the Fijian Government and Fijian people, I extend a very warm welcome to all of you to the 3rd Summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum. For those of you who are visiting Fiji for the first time, we trust that you will enjoy the experience. And for those of you who are repeat visitors, welcome back. It is great to see you all again.

This is not an evening for a long speech except to say that we hope you will enjoy our unique and warm Fijian hospitality during your stay in Fiji. I hope as many of you as possible find time to see some of the rest of the country beyond our capital city.

The coming days are very important in the evolution of the PIDF. We will be signing our Charter and the governing instruments that are the formal acknowledgement of the PIDF as an international organisation. We will also be issuing the Suva Declaration, a common position on climate change that we intend to take to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris at the end of November.

We have much to consider over the next three days of great importance to the lives of all Pacific Islanders and the future of our region. But tonight is a night to relax, get to know each other, and enjoy the hospitality we have provided for you. I hope you all enjoy the evening and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

 VInaka Vakalevu. Thank you.

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