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#Vote2018 – Adi Sivia Wants A ‘Fiji United In Our Diversity’

Adi Sivia Qoro has a way of making people feel comfort­able. With her educational background and extensive work experience with international organisations, she has a welcoming demeanour and is well
27 Mar 2018 14:52
#Vote2018 – Adi Sivia Wants A ‘Fiji United In Our Diversity’
From left: Unity Fiji secretary Satish Kumar, Party President Adi Sivia Qoro and party leader Savenaca Narube

Adi Sivia Qoro has a way of making people feel comfort­able.

With her educational background and extensive work experience with international organisations, she has a welcoming demeanour and is well grounded.

Her political career began well be­fore she entered Parliament in 2006 under the Fiji Labour Party.

She had stood in the Yasawa Nawaka constituency and won. She became Minister for Commerce and Industries in the multi-party cabinet of Laisenia Qarase.

In the last elections, she contested under the People’s Democratic Par­ty (PDP) with trade unionist Felix Anthony as party leader. She man­aged to secure 438 votes. In 2016 she resigned from PDP.

Not one to be easily disheartened, Adi Sivia has joined forces with the Unity Fiji party, led by former Gov­ernor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Savenaca Narube.

She believes that the same princi­ples and values that were captured in PDP also resonate with Unity Fiji.

This is in terms of transparency, good governance and equality.

“These are some of the issues that I truly believe in,” she said.

She also believes in the capacity of the people in Unity Fiji Party.

“They all have a proven track re­cord and the technical know-how to implement policies and make things happen,” Adi Sivia said.

While the Unity Fiji selection team is still in the process of sifting through applications and will later hold interviews, Adi Sivia already has her mind set on the kind of Fiji she wants to bring about.

“One where we are united in our diversity,” she said.

In an earlier interview, Adi Sivia had said that her decision to enter politics did not just happen over­night.

“It was driven by a passion to serve people and to make a differ­ence in people’s lives,” she said.

“In a way this conviction was shaped by the environment I grew up in and my values and principles. Hence, most of the things I did from then on were shaped by this goal or in certain cases, I found myself in environments or positions that, on reflection, was pushing me along, I believe, towards that direction.”

This may not be the last we will see of Adi Sivia as far as politics is concern. Her strong belief in serv­ing others will keep her in politics for a while yet. Time and again she has often said: “It’s not about status, but about giving oneself to serve others.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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