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PM Bainimarama explains recent overseas visits

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a ministerial statement in parliament said TC Winston has helped strengthen partnerships despite the havoc it wreaked in parts of the country. PM Bainimarama was explaining his recent overseas visits to appeal to the international community for funds to strengthen Fiji’s climate change resilience in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston. […]

Salote Qalubau

June 2, 2016 1:00 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in a ministerial statement in parliament said TC Winston has helped strengthen partnerships despite the havoc it wreaked in parts of the country.

PM Bainimarama was explaining his recent overseas visits to appeal to the international community for funds to strengthen Fiji’s climate change resilience in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

BAINIMARAMA: “If Winston has had another silver lining apart from bringing us all together as a people, it has been that it has strengthened our friendships in the world. I am looking forward next week to greeting the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, here in Suva to thank him personally for the assistance his government provided.”

PM Bainimarama said the Reserve Bank estimates Fiji’s economic growth this year to be 2.4 percent, IMF predicts it to be 2.5 percent and the ADB predicts it to be 2.7 percent.

The Prime Minister said that he and the Attorney-General and Minister of Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum believes that it will be closer to 3 percent.

PM Bainimarama said the Government needs to work in partnership with the private sector, development partners, multinational agencies.

BAINIMARAMA: “We must not yield to fear or despair because of these events beyond our control. We must stick together to build or rebuild better and stronger. To adapt to this new era that climate change presents with urgency and absolute resolve. To make it our number one national priority to build our resilience to similar events. And for that, we need to partner with the international community.”

Opposition MP Hon. Mosese Bulitavu said that the Attorney-General’s and the Prime Minister’s trips around the world were just to request for money from other countries.

BULITAVU: “Although the Prime Minister has said that he really loves the people but if the Prime Minister really loves the people then the Prime minister must deduct 10% of his renumeration and the Government, just like the opposition has done.”

“The Honorable Prime minister has told us this morning that now he is trying to get finance to blame climatic change to build infrastructure in Fiji. The Attorney-general Madam Speaker in Germany said that due to the adverse climate changes that are coming, Fiji needs to invest into the climate resistant infrastructure. That shows Madam Speaker that they are depending on climate finance to come and carry out development projects.”

Hon Bulitavu said Tropical Cyclone Winston has been an excuse used by the Government.

BULITAVU: “The Government must tell us the truth. Now they are proposing 2.4 percent economic growth that is just a prediction Madam Speaker and climate can change that.”

Opposition member Hon Tupou Draunidalo said TC Winston had major impacts on the country and also acknowledged assistance efforts to help mitigate the damage caused.

DRAUNIDALO: “Records will show Madam Speaker that we did make pointed interventions during the 2016 budget session seeking to put state resources into disaster management. We were outvoted of course and here we are and some of those interventions Madam Speaker were to do with reallocating resources.”

Hon. Draunidalo said one of the biggest impediments to accessing facilities was the lack of good governance in terms of foreign nations acting in their own best interest and having no concern about whether a country was treating its own people well or not.

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