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President Konrote installed as Chancellor of the Order of Fiji

His Excellency the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote was today installed as the Chancellor of the Order of Fiji. The investiture ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Cabinet Ministers now enables the Head of State to confer awards as the Office of the President administers the annual College of Honour […]

Staff Writers

July 22, 2016 5:29 pm

His Excellency the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote was today installed as the Chancellor of the Order of Fiji.

H.E President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote was today installed as the Chancellor of the Order of Fiji. (DEPTFO)
H.E President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote was today installed as the Chancellor of the Order of Fiji. (DEPTFO)

The investiture ceremony that was attended by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Cabinet Ministers now enables the Head of State to confer awards as the Office of the President administers the annual College of Honour awards.

During the installation ceremony, Chief Justice Anthony Gates in administering the Oath of Office and presenting the star and chain of chancellor, read out the warrant of installation that states that “the Office of the President shall be fount of all honours”.

Upon his installation, President Konrote said he intends to ensure that Fiji continues to cultivate a culture of appreciation by recognising the many men, women, youth and children who have and continue to contribute to Fiji’s development as a Nation.

He said since the establishment of the Fiji Honours and Awards Act in 1995 that put the total number of individuals that can be conferred the honours awards at 35, Fiji had made significant progress domestically and internationally.

KONROTE: “The Order of Fiji was instituted to recognise merit and achievement by citizens of Fiji, and occasionally, as honorary appointments, by non-citizens. The recognition is made across the whole range of human endeavour and achievement.”

H.E President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after the investiture ceremony at Government House today. (DEPTFO)
H.E President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama after the investiture ceremony at Government House today. (DEPTFO)

Some of the areas where individual effort are recognised included Government and the civil service, local body administration, industry, diplomacy, health, education, law, the arts, sport, religion, the news media, environment, youth development, charity and all other areas.

KONROTE: “The renewed focus on recognising those who actively contribute to Fiji’s progress as a Nation, is also aimed at complementing Government’s current efforts and emphasis on inspiring all Fijians to take greater pride and be more patriotic for Fiji.”

He said he has directed College of Honour Secretariat to be prepared to honour successful medal winners and officials participating in the Rio Olympic Games which starts on August 5, 2016.

President Konrote added that he has also proposed extending the nominations deadline to August 31, 2016.

KONROTE: “We need to work together with Government to help Fiji realize our real potential – not only to be among the great Nations in the world, but also to ensure that we build a solid and sustainable foundation for our children now and well into the future”.

The Order of Fiji was instituted to recognise merit and achievement by citizens of Fiji, and occasionally, as honorary appointments, by non-citizens.

Invited guestes at the investiture ceremony held at the State House today. (DEPTFO)
Invited guests at the investiture ceremony held at the State House today. (DEPTFO)

The ceremony was also attended by the College of Honour members, diplomats, senior Government officials and members of the Judiciary.

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