THE People's Democratic Party has paid tribute to the sacrifice of the people of Fiji as the nation prepares to enter what promises to be a year of change.
Interim party president Adi Sivia Qoro said Fiji's experiences in these past eight years had shaped the consciousness of the nation.
"As we look back on the trials that we went through, we can say confidently that the experience brought about a level of understanding different from those experienced in 1987 and in 2000, although dealing with them has made us more mature. It has been overwhelming for a young democratic nation," Adi Sivia said.
She said all in Fiji had worked together for the better. "Today the People's Democratic Party pays tribute to the people of this nation for their endurance and perseverance despite the varying circumstances.
"We pay tribute to the workers of this country for working tirelessly to provide services and goods to the people despite having had to face the brunt of the hardship. We pay tribute to the youth of this nation who reflect the hope and aspirations of the people for a better Fiji in the future.
"We pay tribute to the women and children for whom circumstances have been both trying and challenging. We admire the calm and commitment with which they have faced their responsibilities."
Adi Sivia also took the time to congratulate religious denominations for the role they played. "We pay tribute to all religious and traditional leaders who have contributed to the objective of social inclusion and maintain plurality within our society of diverse cultures and traditions.
"The PDP express its deep appreciation to all for holding the country together."