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Fijian People Deserve Facts And Real Policies, Says PM

“We have the leadership, expertise, and the credentials to guide a strong recovery – and the Fijian people have the will, ingenuity, diligence, and now the confidence, to build a strong post-pandemic economy.”
30 Nov 2021 13:26
Fijian People Deserve Facts And Real Policies, Says PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while speaking in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

In the lead up to the 2022 General Election, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is advising politicians to take note of the President’s warning against “politics of pettiness.”

Also to heed the President’s call to be civil and honest in their election campaigns.

Responding to President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s speech in Parliament, Mr Bainimarama said he was encouraged, inspired, and admonished by the speech.

“In the coming year, we will be vying for government, with every political party competing for every Fijian’s vote,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Elections often bring about criticism and attacks. I believe all of us have been guilty at one time or another of going too far, of saying things we should not have said or could have said better.”

Mr Bainimarama said politicians can criticize each other’s positions without misrepresenting them and not personalizing matters.

“….. attacking the family and friends of our opponents, or worse, using ordinary Fijians as pawns for political ascendency,” he said.

“We can criticize each other on the facts and stay within the bounds of decency. We can point out our differences without demonizing each other.

“Isn’t it better that we adhere to decency, to the truth, and to a genuine battle of ideas rather than sink to the depths of discourse to win votes at any cost?”

He stressed that the Fijian people deserve better, they deserve facts and real policies backed by real budgets to help them make informed decisions on who best to lead them.

“That is what they will continue to get from my government. My Government has worked hard to confront the major issues and solve the major problems this country faces.”

He highlighted the reforms implemented by the Government, and efforts to uplift disadvantaged Fijians and reduce disparities between rural and urban communities.

 

Omicron

On the newly-reported Omicron variant of COVID-19, Mr Bainimarama said: “Fiji has stepped up our conditions of entry for red list countries, and we all must remain serious and vigilant and keep up our guard.”

This means getting unvaccinated Fijians to take the jab.

“I am concerned that some communities in the Ra to Rewa corridor –– which include pockets of Ra, Tailevu, Naitasiri and parts of Rewa –– along with a few villages in the Yasawas have very low vaccination rates.

“For their health and the good of the country, I urge those people to get vaccinated.”

 

Border Reopening

“We have to capitalize on the reopening of our borders to create momentum that will propel us to greater growth in 2023 and 2024 and beyond.

“I urge businesses in our tourism industry to heed His Excellency’s advice: We must be a cost-competitive destination.

“In the critical months that lie ahead, we will be competing fiercely for regional and global market share, and we can take nothing for granted. We must fight for every tourist dollar.

“I know we will succeed. We have done great things together before. My government is the same government that led Fiji to its longest stretch of economic growth ever. That is not a boast; it is a fact. And we will be the government that leads us to our strongest recovery ever. And that is not a boast, either; it is a promise.

“We have the leadership, expertise, and the credentials to guide a strong recovery – and the Fijian people have the will, ingenuity, diligence, and now the confidence, to build a strong post-pandemic economy.”

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