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NFP hopes forming government will foster unity

Nasik Swami
Sunday, June 15, 2014

THE NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad believes despite the 2013 Constitution and the absence of a free and fair environment for election, he has great hopes in the final results.

"This is because I have great faith in our people," Prof Prasad said.

He believes the process of forming a government would bring political parties together.

"This will foster the stability which we have so missed in our recent past.

"It will lead to participative and inclusionary decision-making.

"Our democracy will grow out of this. Our economy will grow from this."

Prof Prasad said with stability, Fiji could double its economic growth rate to an average of more than 5 per cent.

"We can then double average incomes by 2030. We can do it in our sleep as long as we have democracy and stability.

"My aim, though, reaches much higher.

"We need to follow a much smarter trajectory. But even with a 5 per cent sustained growth rate for the next 15 years; we will unleash tremendous new resources for our development."

He said the party had a vision of making the country's military a leader in international peacekeeping and peace building, where soldiers are world leaders who have cutting edge equipment, skills and means to respond to natural disasters at home and across the South Pacific — building the resilience of our communities.

"And a navy that fights to preserve our resources. A smart and technologically cutting edge navy will be able to support the protection of Fiji and South Pacific waters from overfishing using 4th generation drone technologies, nanosats and innovations in communications; transforming these oceans of peace into sustainable marine food reservoirs for the islands and beyond."


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