NEWS

PM: Chinese Community Integral Part Of Our Community

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that the Chinese-Fijian community has been an invaluable partner in our nation’s development.
04 Feb 2019 10:00
PM: Chinese Community Integral Part Of Our Community
Chief Guest Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that the Chinese-Fijian community has been an invaluable partner in our nation’s development during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration on February 3, 2019 at the Suva Civic Centre. Photo: Ilaijia Ravuwai

Hundreds gathered at the Civic Centre in Suva on Sunday to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig.

Chief Guest Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that the Chinese-Fijian community has been an invaluable partner in our nation’s development.

He added that over the course of 165 years the Chinese community has truly proven to be an integral part of our society.

“We’ve seen the implementation of a revolutionary constitution that has guaranteed equality for every Fijian, regardless of who they are or where they come from,” he said.

“And we’ve held our nation’s first two elections that were truly free and fair, where one person equals one vote cementing this legacy for generations to come.”

Mr Bainimarama also commended the young people participating in rich cultural traditions like the wonderful lion and dragon dances which always “brings joy to my heart,” he said.

“These displays make it clear that the tapestry of many ethnicities, faiths, and backgrounds the collective heritage that makes our country what it is today will continue to grow with the next generation.

“And I’m incredibly proud that, as they grow into adulthood and have families of their own, Fiji is growing alongside them.

“The opportunities for higher education, for employment in new and innovative industries and career paths, and for achieving the Fijian dream of personal success and fulfilment, have never been greater.

“As we lay this solid foundation of prosperity and stability, I can’t wait to see what our young people build upon it.”

Chinese Association president Jenny Seeto said it was pleasing to note the continuing friendship and cooperation between Fiji and China.

“We continue to play an active role in the welfare of our community and businesses and we are the main point of contact and coordination with the community, various government departments and private enterprises.”

The event was organised by various Chinese organisations in Fiji.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun. com.fj



Fijisun Ad Space


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Fijisun E-edition
Advertise here
Fiji Sun I-Report
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper