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Fiji’s Attorney-General Thanks Support Staff on Successful Asian Develop­ment Bank Conference

“The brand of Fiji has been strengthened in front of a prestigious global audience."
08 May 2019 20:27
Fiji’s Attorney-General Thanks Support Staff on Successful Asian Develop­ment Bank Conference
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum expressed his heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of members of the Fiji Police Force, security officers, and other volunteers who helped deliver a safe and successful 52nd Annual Meeting of Asian Development Bank’s Board of Governors in Nadi from May 1-5. These officers and volunteers were hosted to a thanksgiving lunch in Nadi on May 6, 2019. Photo: DEPTFO News

Attorney-General Ai­yaz Sayed-Khaiyum expressed his heart­felt thanks to the hundreds of members of the Fiji Po­lice Force, security offic­ers, and other volunteers who helped deliver a safe and successful 52nd Annual Meeting of Asian Develop­ment Bank’s Board of Gov­ernors in Nadi.

It was the single largest in­ternational gathering ever hosted in the country.

These officers and volun­teers were hosted a thanks­giving lunch in Nadi on Monday.

Words of appreciation

“Thank you to everyone, our officers, our staff and all of our volunteers, for their incredible support towards Fiji’s hosting of the Annual Meeting of the Asian Devel­opment Bank.

“From escorting our VIPS to expertly manning our command centre, to pro­viding security checks to keeping loading zones clear so that delegates arrive at venues on time to handling baggage, staffing the doors, giving out information and so many other important tasks, it is the attention to detail and sense of duty that you brought to this meeting which made everything flow so smoothly.

“The feedback we have re­ceived from the ADB and delegates is that this meet­ing stands above as one of the best that has been host­ed.

“The pride and profession­alism of our police, and all of our other volunteers, represented the very best of Fiji to the world and made the success of this meeting possible.

“Being part of this meeting has given each of you a level of exposure to how global conferences operate, and that’s a skill-set that has in­credible value for the future of the Fijian economy.

“The specialisation of specific roles and duties throughout the week al­lowed our Police officers to focus wholly on the many moving parts of a large-scale security operation, and you learned some valua­ble skills along the way that you will carry with you for the rest of your professional careers.

“The hosting of this event has created enormous new opportunities for our coun­try.

“The brand of Fiji has been strengthened in front of a prestigious global audience.

“We’ve filled hotel rooms during what is traditionally more of an off-season for tourism.

“The thousands of dele­gates who came to our coun­try have spent money in Fiji, bought Fijian products, helped sustain Fijian jobs, paid taxes and helped drive economic growth and fund further development in our country.

“And I am certain that, because of the success of the ADB Annual Meeting, Fiji will soon be hosting even larger events than this 2,300-person conference; sporting events like inter­national boxing matches, concerts and other large-scale events that support the growth our tourism, even in the off-season,” said the Attorney-General.

“It is safe to say that we have ushered in a new era of conference-hosting capabili­ties in Fiji, with our econo­my and our people standing to benefit for years to come.”

About annual meeting

The Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors is an opportunity to provide guidance on ADB adminis­trative, financial, and opera­tional directions.

ADB’s annual meetings have become a premier fo­rum for the discussion of economic and social devel­opment issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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