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Wheels to boost response

Solomone Rabulu
Friday, February 23, 2018

THE 200 new vehicles given by the Chinese Government will boost the Government's effort in expanding access to critical services for communities in rural and maritime areas in Fiji, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

While officiating at the handing over ceremony of the vehicles at the Police Special Response Unit in Nasinu yesterday, the PM, said China had been a steadfast friend to Fiji and was deeply appreciative of this assistance.

"Having more vehicles means we can respond more quickly to emergencies, address urgent needs of ordinary Fijians and keep delivering on our agenda for rural outreach and development," Mr Bainimarama said.

"These vehicles will immediately be put to use and integrated within our existing government fleet under the management of the fleet management team within our Ministry of Economy.

"I look forward to making the strong partnership between China and Fiji even stronger."

China's ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said the new vehicles were part of the Chinese Government's China-Aid project to Fiji at a cost of $17.5 million.

"China's assistance to Fiji is selfless and sincere without conditions," Mr Qian said.

"It targets the wellbeing of the Fijian people, upholding justice while pursuing shared interests, and has set good examples of mutual support between developing countries under the framework of south-south co-operation.

"Today's assistance showcases the international responsibilities of China as a major country and the sincere aspiration to build a community with the shared future for mankind."

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