A fairer society
29 September, 2014, 12:00 am
FIJI today is a fairer, just and a compassionate society than what it was before. That was one of the messages delivered to world leaders at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama in New York yesterday
Mr Bainimarama said Fiji had stepped up its efforts to alleviate poverty on the back of a rapidly strengthening economy.
“We have also set our sights on being a smarter country by introducing free schooling at the primary and secondary level for the first time.
“Plus an array of scholarships and a tertiary loans scheme to enable our young people to go on to higher education,” he said.
The PM said his government’s vision was to place Fiji as a pre-eminent Pacific Island nation, a true regional hub and a beacon of prosperity and progress for smaller neighbours.
“And we intend to play a bigger role in the wider world to voice our collective concerns about such issues as the environment, climate change and the need to create a fairer trading system to benefit our people in the Pacific and in all developing countries,” the PM said.