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PM Reflects On Fiji’s Achievement

A Government cannot go it alone, we need the Fijian people, civil society and independent institutions to take our nation forward, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Speaking at the 19th
09 Dec 2017 12:56
PM Reflects On Fiji’s Achievement
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama

A Government cannot go it alone, we need the Fijian people, civil society and independent institutions to take our nation forward, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Speaking at the 19th Attorney-General’s Conference which is underway at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, Mr Bainimarama said: “It is the will of ordinary Fijians that has built the Fiji that we see today. It is their ambition that has shown us what is possible. And through our proud democracy, their aspirations have lit a fire of high expectation and accountability.”

The last time Mr Bainimarama spoke at the Attorney-General’s Conference was in 2013, as the country prepared to head into the 2014 General Election. This year, he took stock of what the country has achieved in the past four years.

“We have met those ambitious aspirations these past four years, and we’ve done so by holding to simple truths: That every vote and every voice, regardless of wealth, power or privilege, counts the same as any other; and that every Fijian, no matter their background, religion, location, age, gender or ability, deserves full participation in our national life and in our national development and are equal before and have the full protection of our laws.”

And as the country is once again at the cusp of another national elections, he has asked all Fijians to question themselves on the type of nation we want.

“However, despite our great progress, the old forces that once sought to divide us still lurk beneath the surface. And our bond, as one nation and one people, must only grow stronger in the face of that threat. We cannot take even one step backward,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We cannot slip back into the dark years of ethnic and religious division and weak institutions. We must condemn—powerfully and openly – any who seek to drag us back to that destructive, backward and personalised way of thinking.

“We’ve put Fiji on a new course of prosperity, with eight straight years of economic growth. Together, we are building a society that is better educated and growing more capable every day, and we are rewarding merit and hard work. Together, we’ve put stock in ability and we’ve invested in the potential of all of our people, including our young Fijians. Together, we’ve emerged on the global and domestic stage as a champion for the causes affecting vulnerable people and their human rights. And only together, and with consistency in policies, can that success continue.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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