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Fiji Pulls Off Magnificent Job With ADB Meet

The challenge was taken onboard by Fiji and prepa­rations began last year with personnel observing the mammoth task of organising a big meeting such as this.
07 May 2019 15:19
Fiji Pulls Off Magnificent Job With ADB Meet

Editorial:

The task to host the Asian Development Bank’s 52nd Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors would have been impossible for small island nations or countries, given the time span to prepare.

Considering the refurbishing of meeting venues, which needed a lot of revamp and money, creating more meeting rooms and the entire logistics from transportation to food and other services would have been the drawback for these countries to even think of hosting.

Remember Fiji hosted about 3400 Governors and del­egates apart from guests, observers and media who were in attendance.

The challenge was taken onboard by Fiji and prepa­rations began last year with personnel observing the mammoth task of organising a big meeting such as this.

Within the year, major stakeholders worked together through numerous meetings, sorting out the logistics and the workings of the whole operation.

The Sheraton Fiji Resort and Westin had their meet­ing places revamped and new carpets laid, which transfixed its image.

ADB president Takehiko Nakao praised Fiji’s per­formance as host country from when guests alighted from their planes at Nadi International Airport to the comfort of their rooms at whichever hotel or resort they were staying.

He was amazed and most probably taken aback by the people of Fiji, generally.

Residents in Nadi showed patience among the blar­ing of sirens as a motorcade made its way along the four-lane traffic from the airport to Denarau.

More than 400 volunteers were on hand directing participants around the main conference areas while hotel staff provided that familiar Fijian hospitality for which we are famous for.

The whole jigsaw fell into place and everything worked out.

Fiji Police Force Chief of Operations ACP Maretino Qiolevu said there was no incident throughout up un­til their guests left yesterday.

This showed Fiji is well into the big league, as far as conferencing goes.

The country can well and truly hold its head up high for a job well done.

Even Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President East Asia Pa­cific of the World Bank said the organisation was well done by Fiji and the World Bank could one day hold its annual meeting here.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said yester­day there were more international conferences on the way.

These include the visits of a high-level United Na­tions personnel sometime in the near future.

Yesterday, he was at Denarau thanking the Fiji Police Force and all other stakeholders involved in the run­ning of ADB’s annual meeting.

CHARLES CHAMBERS

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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