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President Konrote applauds China’s contribution towards Fijian development

The Chinese community has contributed a lot to the development of Fiji as a nation, says the President of Fiji, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote.  Speaking at Chinese New Year celebrations at Yat Sen primary school yesterday, President Konrote said the people of Fiji have benefited from the People’s Republic of China and the contribution by the Chinese […]

Peni Shute

February 15, 2016 11:37 am

The Chinese community has contributed a lot to the development of Fiji as a nation, says the President of Fiji, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote. 

Speaking at Chinese New Year celebrations at Yat Sen primary school yesterday, President Konrote said the people of Fiji have benefited from the People’s Republic of China and the contribution by the Chinese community towards business and education.

His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote, with Jenny Seeto during the Chinese New Year celebration at Yat Sen school hall in Flagstaff yesterday. PHOTO: Fijian Government.
His Excellency the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote, with Jenny Seeto during the Chinese New Year celebration at Yat Sen school hall in Flagstaff yesterday.
PHOTO: Fijian Government.

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Fiji and the People’s Republic of China. Our relationship with China is a very close and special one.  Fiji has benefitted significantly from this unique relationship in terms of the many development projects that are being carried out in Fiji with assistance from China and the increasing trade and people-to-people contacts between our two countries.

The relationship between our two countries has and continues to be strengthened when China’s President, His Excellency Xi Jinping, made a historic state visit to Fiji in November 2014. His Excellency Jinping signed several Memoranda of Understanding covering a wide range of areas for further collaboration.

President Konrote said that given China’s ever‑growing position in its remarkable socio‑economic advancements, it was only logical for developing countries like Fiji to look north and cultivate a relationship that was mutually beneficial to the two nations.

I have every confidence that the benefits from a strengthening diplomatic relationship with China will trickle down to all the people of Fiji.

This is the year of the monkey which marks the 9th animal in the cycle.

Konrote said the Year of the Monkey was predicted to be a year of change, especially in terms of financial matters where there may be many risks, but accomplishments could be achieved with persistent personal efforts.

President Konrote also spoke on the high threat of Non-Communicable-Diseases (NCD’s).

Medical experts keep telling us that NCDs are caused by changing lifestyles, but more importantly, by poor choices largely in our eating habits and a lack of physical activity.

The gist of my message about NCDs is that we must make every effort to reduce NCDs so that all our people can live longer and healthier lives and all the resources that are currently used to treat NCDs are diverted to better use such as improving our national infrastructure, our education standard, and the quality of life in general.

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