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COP23 dialogue continues

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

DESPITE the removal of Nazhat Shameem-Khan as Fiji's chief negotiator for COP23, Prime Minister and COP23 president Voreqe Bainimarama says the country still had a strong team to continue with the dialogue.

In a ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said for the new phase of the talanoa dialogue with Poland, Fiji needed a rejuvenated team.

He said the new chief negotiator Luke Daunivalu was capable for the job with the ability to bring the grand coalition of world leaders and climate stakeholders for necessary agreements.

Mr Bainimarama said Fiji would work closely with Poland during COP 24 for the new phase of the talanoa dialogue.

Responding to the PMs statement, SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka said Fiji should not be proud of its achievements at COP23 when students were still studying in tents post Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Mr Gavoka said while we were engaging with the world's rich and famous, we were forgetting our own people back at home.

He said the bula spirit was not about meke and yaqona ceremony.

Mr Gavoka said the Prime Minister never met the leaders of SODELPA and NFP for a tea and talanoa dialogue at home, but was meeting world leaders.

NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad said he hoped the accounts of COP23 trust funds would be tabled in Parliament for transparency.

Minister Responsible for Climate Change Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji had received $US32 million ($F64.7m) from the Green Climate Fund.

"Green Climate Fund has actually given us a grant of about $US32 million. There are other projects of course, Madam Speaker, that we have to be able to identify and of course forward our submissions to the Green Climate Fund."

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