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PM: Remember Our Objectives

  Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded heads of missions to synchronise their operations to meet Government’s overall objectives. They were also told to ‘lift their game’. He said this while
22 Dec 2015 11:52
PM: Remember Our Objectives
The chief guest,Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (with garland) with the Diplomatic Ambassadors and High Commissioners during the opening of the "5th Heads of Missions Consultation" at Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday. The meeting continues today. pic.....RAMA

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reminded heads of missions to synchronise their operations to meet Government’s overall objectives.

They were also told to ‘lift their game’.

He said this while delivering the keynote address at the opening of the two-day programme of the 5th Heads of Mission Consultation at the Grand Pacific Hotel’s Britannia Room in Suva yesterday.

“We have enormous expectations that all Ministries including the Heads of Missions, lift up their game and synchronise and synergise their day- to-day operations to meet Government’s overall objectives.

Mr Bainimarama said there were many issues that Fiji faced which needed to be enunciated and fulfilled through Fiji’s bilateral and multilateral relationships.

“So, for example to further our agriculture, we will need technology. We will need expertise. We will need access to plants and seeds. None of which may exist in Fiji.

“While our Ministry of Agriculture may develop relationships with ministries of agriculture of other countries, it will require the services of our diplomats and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to consolidate and affirm the relationship between the two countries in the respective ministries,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said it will require their ability to source these requirements for the Ministry of Agriculture and it will require their skills to maintain an on-going relationship.

“We may require our heads of missions to pursue our interest regarding gender equality; seek assistance for our youth groups; pursue better educational opportunities and advocate for climate change mitigation; and position Fiji to access development funds, to name a few.”

 

Reform

He said it was critical that all heads of missions and Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintain a close relationship so that they were fully aware of what was happening in all the ministries.

Mr Bainimarama said with the civil service reform that would be expedited next year and the announcement of the appointment of the new permanent secretaries by the Public Service Commission, the governmental systems and processes would be further modernised, streamlined and made efficient.

The Heads of Missions were also reminded on a number of important documents that guided the overall national objectives.

Firstly, he said, the Green Growth Policy Framework which was intertwined with the National Trade Policy framework.

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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