21 April, 2015, 12:00 am
A PROJECT aimed to strengthen sustainable democratic governance was signed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Japanese ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani and United Nations Development Programme resident representative Osnat Lubrani at Suva’s Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.
Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) is a three-year project worth $US2.49million ($F5.05m) that will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and is funded by the Government of Japan.
In his address Mr Bainimarama said the initiative would improve the position of the Fijian people and their access to social services, justice and gender equality.
“It’s about boosting access by disadvantaged Fijians to legal and social services, no matter who they are or where they live. And it compliments and reinforces my Government’s existing programs to ensure that every Fijian gets the same opportunities,” he said.
Mr Bainimarama was pleased to see the emphasis on gender equality.
He said empowering our women and giving them the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families was a cause particularly dear to his heart.
Minister for Women Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar said the project was evidence of the Fijian Government’s commitment to turn its promises into reality for all Fijians, through an integrated development approach.
She said the the ream of the assistance was practically with three mobile buses.
“In ensuring to improve the clientele to the vulnerable in the society, these three buses will provide a one stop service for all including Social Services, Justice and Good Governance for many families in Fiji,” Ms Akbar said.