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Bainimarama: Exciting times ahead for Fiji

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has outlined that 2013 will be the year Fiji will set scene for one of the most momentous events in the country's history - the 2014 elections under a new constitution.

In his New Years message Commodore Bainimarama appealed to all Fijians to contribute positively to the elections process.

"We should have a new, modern constitution by the end of the first quarter of 2013," he said. Commodore Bainimarama said by the end of 2012 about half a million Fijians have registered by electronic means to cast their vote in 2014.

"As 2013 begins, that process continues as we reach out to register Fijians living abroad," Commodore Bainimarama said.

He said the New Year heralded great promises for all Fijians.

"Its time to reflect on the year that has passed and to contemplate what the future holds for ourselves and our families," Commodore Bainimarama said.

He said Fiji's economy was comparatively buoyant and a steady growth has been forecasted.

"We are investing more in the education of our young people to help secure their futures and increase the country's skill base.

Commodore Bainimarama said as a nation the government wants to instil more pride in the identity of Fijians.

He also highlighted various leadership roles bestowed upon Fiji by the international communities last year.

"These are great honours bestowed on us by the international community and we should all be proud because the honour belongs to all of us."

Commodore Bainimarama said this was the time when many people made new year's resolutions and urged Fijians to make some for the nation. "Let's be considerate of our fellow citizens and honest in our dealings with each other."


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