Politics

Fiji hosts 5th Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

FIJI becomes the first Pacific Island country to host the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health. While welcoming delegates to the 5th Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health in Nadi, President Jioji Konrote said “Fiji,...

Fiji ready and open for business

THE first ever Familiarization Visit Program for Non-Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners Accredited to Fiji was launched today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH). The theme for the event is Nurturing Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development,” and it is intended to strengthen Fiji’s...

Outcome will be interesting: Chapman

IT will be interesting to see how authorities handle the allegations of assault against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, says former secretary-general to Parliament Mary Chapman. Ms Chapman said the case of Opposition MP Naiqama Lalabalavu, who was suspended by Parliament for two years in 2015 for uttering a slur against the late Speaker Dr Jiko...

19th August

Timor-Leste non-resident ambassador pays farewell call

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote received a farewell call from the Non-Resident Ambassador of Timor-Leste to Fiji, Abel Guterres today. Mr Guterres, who was based in Canberra, Australia where he has served since 2010, was accredited to Fiji. He made a farewell call to President Konrote at State House this morning.

Leaders end meeting

PACIFIC Islands Forum leaders concluded the 50th PIF Leaders Meeting in consensus but with qualifications. This was revealed by the chair of the meeting and Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. The qualifications meant that not all forum leaders agreed with the recommendations put forward by the smaller island states (SIS). The SIS had endorsed the...

17th August

Deal with it

ANYTHING that happens within the Parliament precincts involving members of Parliament should be dealt with by the Speaker of Parliament. This is the view of former Parliament secretary-general Mary Chapman. She made the comment in relation to assault allegations by National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama one week ago. The...

Authorities mum on issue

ONE week after the assault allegations by National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, authorities remain silent on the issue. The Fiji Times has issued questions to the Parliament secretariat asking whether Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau had acquired and viewed close circuit television footage of the alleged altercation...

No accord after 12 hours of talks

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is disappointed that Pacific Islands Forum leaders could not reach a consensus after 12 hours of talks during the Leaders Retreat on Thursday. In a statement yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said while there has been a great deal of agreement in Funafuti, it was clear that there were differences of opinion, emphasis...

16th August

Fiji welcomes commitment by all PIF members

FIJI welcomes the commitment by all Pacific Island Forum members to cap global warming at no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above that of the pre-industrial age. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this in a statement at the conclusion of the  PIF meeting in Tuvalu. “This was the cornerstone of our Suva Declaration five years...

15th August

Ardern sides with PSIDS; Bainimarama reveals in a Tweet

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sided with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) as negotiations continue between Pacific Islands Forum Leaders on the final communique. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made the revelation in a Tweet on his official Twitter account saying that when combatting climate change, it was good to have an ally...

50th PIF Leaders Meeting: Fiji reaffirms support to the people of West Papua

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today reaffirmed Fiji’s continuing support to the people of West Papua on the alleged human rights violations in West Papua. Mr Bainimarama said he respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, including Indonesia. In supporting the vision of a Blue Pacific, Mr Bainimarama said that Fiji supports the 10...

50th PIF Leaders Meeting: Bainimarama reaffirms support on issues raised by CSOs

FIJI acknowledges the invaluable role of civil society organisations at the national, regional and global levels in complementing the efforts of Governments. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this while reaffirming his support to issues raised by the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in his remarks during a dialogue with Forum Leaders in Tuvalu today. Mr Bainimarama...

PM Bainimarama congratulates India on 73rd Independence Day anniversary

COOPERATION between our two countries spans across trade, investment, healthcare, communication, education, sports, climate change, renewable energy and resource-based sectors. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this while conveying his congratulations to India on the occasion of the country’s 73rd Independence Day anniversary. “Our two countries have enjoyed strong relations which is not only etched in...

14th August

Human rights training for MPs

PARLIAMENTS lay the foundation for the rule of law and its institutions, says Dr Chitralekha Massey, the regional representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) during the opening of the Human Rights Training for Members of Parliament of Fiji at The Pearl Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. She said across...

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