Kamikamica: Fiji must still do its part in the transition towards cleaner energy

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for External Trade Manoa Kamikamica delivers his address at the 2023 World Consumer Rights Day in Suva today. Picture: FIJI GOVERNMENT

While Fiji is one of the smallest contributors towards non-renewable energy, it must still do its part and lead by example, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for External Trade Manoa Kamikamica.

Mr Kamikamica made the comment while officiating at the World Consumer Rights Day in Suva today.

“We all have a very important role to play. As leaders in different sectors, you must step in and invest in transition towards cleaner energy,” Mr Kamikamica said, after acknowledging the presence of representatives from different government ministries, industry players, business sector, NGOs and CSOs and consumer representatives.

“We cannot sit on our laurels and expect developed countries to change their actions! We must lead by example!”

Mr Kamikamica said as policy makers, they must invite the private sector and Energy Fiji Limited to transition to cleaner sources of energy.

He said they were encouraged and optimistic by last week’s partnership between EFL and European Investment Bank (EIB) on the Letter of Intent for renewable energy development.

“As consumers, we must educate ourselves and those around us to become more ‘eco-conscious’ of the products we buy and the products we consume.

“This requires a behavioral change – which may be uncomfortable – but is the power that consumers have.

“Our vision is for a clean, green and equitable energy future.

“The rapid transition to renewable energy will be good for people and the planet. Therefore, I would like to assure all that your Government is committed to accelerating the transition to clean energy.”

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